Modern Monday: Bridge Hollow Residence

Come for the Cocktails, Stay for the Architecture

Sebastian Construction Group is proud that one of our residences will be featured at the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 365 Modern Living Cocktail party. The first in a series of three events, the Bridge Hollow Residence cocktail party will take place on Tuesday, May 21, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In fact, we strongly encourage you to attend all three 365 Modern Living Cocktail parties! Sebastian has been fortunate to work with team members on each of the featured projects.


(The entire project description, below, is courtesy of the brilliant team at the Dallas Architecture Forum.)

The Bridge Hollow Residence pays homage to both the early Texas modern architecture of David R. Williams, O’Neil Ford, and Frank Welch and the classical Texas architecture of John Staub. The Texas Modernism of large overhangs, standing seam metal roof, steel windows and Texas Antique Lueders Limestone combine with the gracious and glamorous living of Texas Classicism like the Camp House at the Dallas Arboretum. All combine to create strong connections in this house’s courtyard plan, between the inner and outer living spaces directed towards the Texas sunset.

The 9,000 square foot house has the appearance of a one-story house. Nearly a quarter of the living area surrounds a sub-terranean motor court. Trees lining the front of the property provide a hint of seclusion while leaving the architecture visible and welcoming beyond. The ground level upon approach reveals the rear courtyard with a see-through entry and front living room. On either side of the courtyard are the dining space and library both overlooking the neighborhood with the more private spaces placed toward the back of the structure. The outdoor loggia serves as the connection point between all the family living areas while the entry court welcomes guests with its reflecting pool surrounded by more public spaces. The front water feature provides not only a visual, but an auditory sense of calm and peace. The smooth mirrored water on the surface provides a reflection of the sky and surrounding environment.

Crisp geometric forms define the courts, terraces and water features and are countered and softened with textural plantings. The material palette of the home and the landscape is elegant and spare: Leuders limestone, stucco walls, water, metal, glass, IPE wood, gravel and light. The materials bring a clean uniformity so that the landscape gestures compliment and support the architecture and tie the two together seamlessly.

The rear garden is terraced down to the infinity, zero edge pool. A linear fire feature and modern trellis provide a year round sitting space close to the master bedroom. Wood ceilings are throughout the house, and flow from the interiors to the outdoor spaces. Ceramic tile which mimics concrete is the flooring throughout and it works beautifully with interior and exterior concrete elements of the structure. Beautiful Italian modern furnishings blend with an excellent art collection in the home.

The master suite features bespoke walnut lacquered cabinetry and leather paneled walls. The library features stunning orange lacquer walls which create a dramatic contrast to the otherwise understated decor of this elegant home.

Bridge Hollow Residence project team members:

David Stocker, AIA – Design Architect; Philip Pitzer, – Project Architect
SHM Architects

Interior Design

Neil Stewart, Principal Designer; Ann Riedel, Associate Designer
Neil Stewart Designs

Landscape Architecture
Mary Ellen Cowan, ASLA

John Sebastian
Sebastian Construction Group