RALPH LAUREN DOUBLE RL HOUSE
Mr. Lauren, Doug Ewing, FAIA and Bobby Allison took a jeep ride up to the Dallas Divide to find the perfect site to design and build a house for the Laurens. We walked on a granite east facing down slope with a distant lake and spectacular vistas of the mountains beyond. This was the place to design the house.
This east facing orientation gives shelter to the outdoor spaces from the western prevailing winds and snow. Mr. Lauren wanted a house that was unimposing in scale, natural in feeling with great slabs of glass that fit between natural elements to frame the views.
The new house is not visible from the approach except for a small section of the entry and foyer structure, which disappear into natural forms. All you see is granite rock formations, native grasses and indigenous trees.
The garages and service areas are completely covered by 5 to 10 feet of earth with pine trees and grasses growing on the roof, and a natural granite terraced wall disguising them from the approach. The east side of the house terraces down the slope and is formed by rugged granite walls, log columns and expansive glass walls.