Specht Novak

Specht Novak

Austin, TX


Ammamma Legacy Residence

Weaving through a lush, densely wooded waterfront site, this house pays homage to both nature and the owner’s South Indian heritage. Designed with utmost respect for the site, the forms of the house are designed to preserve all the towering trees, minimizing disruption to the pristine surroundings.

Elevated on a striking plinth and surrounded by water features, the house floats above its picturesque location. Large, cantilevered terraces and floor-to-ceiling windows blur the boundaries between indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing the natural beauty of the site to predominate. Sunlight permeates the tree canopy, casting enchanting patterns within the open living areas.

The South Indian influence is evident in the intricate details and cultural motifs that adorn the interiors. Warm, earthy tones and unusual materials create a harmonious blend of modern and traditional.  A Theravadu, or Heritage Room, surrounded by a large, recessed water feature forms the emotional heart of the house. It is filled with architectural elements fabricated in India and enhancing the sense of direct connection to the owner’s roots.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Dallas, TX, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: ARCHITECT
Specht Novak


Amanda Pratt Design


Strandberg Engineering

Escobedo Group