Bonham Terrace Homes

presented by Tornbjerg Design

Architect: Thomas Tornbjerg
 

The project presented the rare opportunity of an urban lot with striking natural beauty. The property, located in Travis Heights, consisted of two adjoining lots occupied by a deteriorated single family residence, replete with mature Live Oaks and a 60’ change in topography. Live Oaks grow horizontally as much as vertically, making documentation of the trees a significant challenge. Working closely with the City Arborist, a series of 40’ story poles was used to both map the tree branches and to mark the intended building footprint. Additional challenges derived from satisfying zoning restrictions on height while contending with the considerable topography. Owing to the unique site challenges, a concrete pier and steel beam foundation was utilized allowing the team to strategically locate bearing points outside of critical root zones. Ultimately all trees, protected or otherwise, were saved and the topography used to maximum advantage, creating what has become a tree house in the city.