Local architecture firm Tornbjerg Design is nothing if not bold. Led by Scandanavian transplant Tom Tornbjerg, the firm consistently turns out striking contemporary designs that reinvent modernist characteristics—often with dramatic silhouettes, as this home in South Austin’s Bouldin Creek displays—and regularly turn up on architecture tours and in home design magazines.
This new build showcases modern materials and Tjornberg’s minimalist tendencies, but the exterior—with its uneven, angled roofs separated by a deck and contrasting colors of siding—is an unconventional shape that seems like a very modern twist on farmhouse design and, intentionally or not, echoes the different heights and angles of the roof and chimney of the more traditional house next door.
The interior of the 2,238-square-foot home carries the Scandinavian farmhouse-modern hybrid inside, albeit in a bit more expected fashion, with polished concrete and white oak floors, well-placed windows and glass doors that harvest abundant light, and downstairs open plan. Still, there are quite a few delightful and dramatic touches to be found, most in places such as the stairway enclosure, interior roof angles, unexpected window placements, and the show-stopping roof deck.
Windows on two sides of the home open on to a patio and yard. The kitchen features marble counters, a Dornbracht faucet, and Hansgrohe fixtures.
The two-story home has three bedrooms and three bathrooms that show off the way the design makes playful and unexpected use of natural light. There is also a small upstairs lounge, and at least one bedroom opens on to the deck.
The home’s crowning features is a partially covered Ipe deck from which one can gaze over the city or at the sky through tactically placed openings.
• 314 Milton Street [Realty Austin]