Specht Novak

Specht Novak

Austin, TX


Samsara Arc House

Perched dramatically on a cliffside high above the waters of Lake Austin, the form of this modern house is a graceful, sweeping arc that not only responds to the steep and challenging site, but also offers a dynamic interplay of shifting perspectives above the waterfront.

Crafted entirely from concrete, this structure appears to be sculpted from a single monolithic piece, lending it an almost otherworldly quality. The concrete frame is fitted with expansive floor-to-ceiling glass, maximizing natural light, and offering panoramic views of Lake Austin and its surroundings.

The house seems to float atop a carefully designed setback base, enhancing its sculptural character. Viewed from the water, it is a dramatic presence against the wooded backdrop. At night, it appears as a perforated lantern glowing in the darkness.

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Status: Unbuilt
Location: Austin, TX, US
Firm Role: Architect