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Location: West Lake Hills, Texas
The Skinny: Architect Winn Wittman once called the 6,100-square-foot Soaring Wings house of West Lake Hills, Texas, the project that "literally almost killed me." While managing the four-year construction of the home, which wrapped up in 2007, he fell off a rock wall and broke his back. Wittman made a full recovery, and his work payed off pretty quickly, when the house sold just three months after completion. "Our plan was to build our own home," one of the buyers told Architectural Record, "but when I walked in this one I felt spiritually connected to it instantly. The quality and the craftsmanship are so high, and so specific, it seemed absurd that it was a spec house."
Located just a short drive from downtown Austin, the home is connected to the locale by 45,000 pounds of red iron and 17,000 pounds of locally quarried shellstone. (Other materials include pink Arizona sandstone, ipe wood, hand-seamed copper panels, and a "special concrete mixed with orange slice candy and gummi bears.") A two-story glass-and-steel bridge connects the four-bedroom private volume to the public one, which contains living, dining, and entertaining spaces. Listed for $6.5M, it also comes with a saltwater pool, a long list of energy-saving features, a wine cellar, and a 3,200 pound granite bath tub. Also, according to the listing, part of Terrance Malick's upcoming film Knight of Cups was shot inside.
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