Designed by award- winning architectural firm Miro Rivera Architects and built by Don Crowell, residence 104 was envisioned to be an oasis of calm, and great effort was put into merging the interior with the lush outdoor setting. The house blends with its surroundings, and the selection of materials and use of glass enhances the sense of connection with the natural environment. Completed in 2004, it was inspired by travels in the Pacific and Asia which give it a Zen-like feel. Every space is intended to be used on a daily basis. The house is designed to stand on its own by providing inspired spaces without the need for additional decor. It is simply a work of art.
As you enter you are immediately transported by the lush landscape. There is a small pond that serves as the headwaters of the stream and larger pond below. Filled with flowering water plants and native fish, it is a self-contained ecosystem. Scarlet red and cobalt blue dragonflies, many species of birds, and amphibians live in the water system and are part of what makes this an oasis.
Inside the kitchen has a spacious island, walk in pantry, commercial appliances, wet bar and ample counter space. The living areas and kitchen all have striking views of the lake with an easy flow from indoors to the cantilevered outdoor living areas. The kitchen is situated between both formal dining and the wonderful covered outdoor living/dining area in the front of the house. Encompassing views of the canyon and Lake Austin from the cantilevered spaces. Large gym and two pools.
The layout is highly functional, with the public entertaining areas separated from the more private wing by a glass bridge. The master suite is a luxurious retreat with some of the most striking views of the lake. It features a gas fueled firebowl that also provides warmth to the bathtub when a privacy partition is rolled aside.
The butterfly roof is both visually striking and functional as a water catchment system. Rainwater is funneled to two large scuppers which, when it rains, creates two large waterfalls outside of the glass bridge. The rainwater is collected in a basin below and transferred into two large storage tanks located in the mechanical area below the house. All of the domestic water within the house is provided by this rainwater system.
104 Pascal is one of a kind both visually stunning, and emotionally impactful. A home with a soul!