AIA Dallas Gives Russell Buchanan's Unique Mockingbird House Honor Award

Mockingbird June 4

We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!

 

AIA Dallas Gives Russell Buchanan’s Unique Mockingbird House Honor Award

Mockingbird June 4

We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!

 

Friday Five Hundred: Updated by Russell Buchanan, This Mid-Mod is All Style

979 Rustic Front

This house kills me dead! I am already fond of Russell Buchanan‘s work. He’s the award-winning architect behind the Mockingbird Lane box house we reported on last week. If you weren’t bowled right on over by that amazing home, then this one will knock your stinking socks off!

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Buchanan is known for his modern architecture, so when I saw that he had completely redesigned and remodeled this Lake Highlands Midcentury Modern, I had to know more. Built in 1954, 979 S. Rustic is the quintessential Mid-Mod layout featuring large windows and open rooms. With Buchanan’s help, this house is so sleek it sings like a crystal wineglass.

979 Rustic Master

Not only is this house fabulous, but the whole cul-de-sac is stacked with gorgeous 50s-era modern homes. It reminds me of Eustis Avenue in Little Forest Hills. This home has a gorgeous new kitchen, a living room and dining room that is perfect for entertaining, a huge new master suite with a gigantic picture window, and the most amazing pool you have ever seen.

979 Rustic Master Bath

Of course, there are just gobs of windows throughout the main living areas, as well as in the four bedrooms. There are three total baths in this home — more than you see in most homes its age — and it’s large enough for a family at 2,126 square feet. And I am just stunned at the price, too — a recently reduced $575,000.

979 Rustic Pool

What an incredible home!