Casa di Luce by Morrison Dilworth + Walls is located in Dallas, Texas. A small, white home both inside and out, it opens up to an enclosed courtyard via large glass doors that slide and stack into the walls and out of site, creating a seamless connectivity to both the small swimming pool and the lush greenery just beyond the privacy walls.
A single family, 3226 sq ft home, Casa di Luce was designed for private family moments as well as entertaining friends and associates.
The exterior of Casa di Luce is hard-troweled stucco with a rain screen of Roman travertine, and the facade design was jogged in order to save and feature a large, grand old oak tree that pre-existed on the site.
The interior of Casa di Luce features concrete floors and white walls, with no trim separating the walls from the floors. The crisp white interior is designed like a gallery to showcase the homeowner’s art collection.
The dining and piano areas are positioned in the elbow of the home just passed the foyer while next to them, the kitchen and living room open up to the poolside courtyard.
Continuing the theme of white, the kitchen has white lacquered cabinets as well as statuary white marble countertops.
Behind the piano zone’s interior wall is the master bedroom, which is the first space around the corner from the kitchen that opens up to the courtyard.
Two doors access the master bedroom’s ensuite, one on either side of the footboard wall. A TV is mounted on the wall between the doors on the bedroom side, and the large soaking tub is positioned between the two doors on the ensuite side.
Although the ensuite does not have direct access to the courtyard, it is just a few feet away from the bedroom’s access.
A second 2-storey volume is next to the main structure, and this building holds the home’s 3-car garage with a guest suite above.
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Photography by Charles Davis Smith – AIA
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