Specht Novak

Specht Novak

Austin, TX


Casa Annunziata

Annunziata means “spiritual announcement” in Italian— and it is an appropriate descriptor for this immaculately minimalist space and the intensely ornamental art collection inside.

Set toward the back of a 4.5 acre field surrounded by large trees, the symmetrical home is on-axis with the entry road, so that on approach you see a perfectly balanced composition. The drive curves around the home providing a variety of perspectives before reaching the entry to the house, which has a view back through the glass walls to the field beyond. 

“It’s magical living in a glass house, living in nature, in the garden, together with deer, wild turkeys and lots of birds.”
– The Annunziatas

The home is a 2,000 square foot single-story pavilion with a thin floating roof that cantilevers 15’ from the perimeter walls — an extreme departure from the owners’ previous 18th century farm house. The open interior features a central living space with a bedroom suite at each end. It serves as a rotating gallery for the owners’ collection of ornamental objects and art collected over a lifetime.

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Status: Built
Location: Sheffield, MA, US
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: ARCHITECT
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