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Hot Property: A Concrete Contemporary Home in University Park

Inside an award-winning architect's modern marvel.

Like many local real estate listings, 4404 Greenbrier Drive is described as “truly one of a kind” on its property page. But in this case, I’m going to give it them. Designed by award-winning Texas architect Gary Cunningham, the University Park home is as unique as the rest of its designer’s modernist works, which include the Cistercian Abbey and one of my favorite 10 Most Beautiful Homes in Dallas.

One of our 10 Most Beautiful Homes in 2010 is dubbed the “The House at White Rock Lake” by Cunningham.

Cunningham clearly puts the focus on materials. Concrete walls and ceilings were poured on site and an all-glass bridge takes you from the four-story main house to the four-story guest house, offering a unique view of the outdoor pool. Natural wood, stone, floor-to-ceiling windows, and exposed brick walls help warm up all that aforementioned concrete.

To be honest, there are moments where I’m not even sure I would actually want to live in this house. For example, certain bedrooms are almost purely concrete, from the ceilings to the floor. A wall of windows keeps them from feeling claustrophobic, but it’s still a lot to take in. But an intimidating design isn’t anything out of the ordinary for Cunningham. “We don’t design beautiful buildings,” the architect is quoted as saying on his company’s website. Of course, there’s plenty of beauty to be found in his bold contrast of materials and focus on nature. Plus, it’s refreshing to see a relatively new home that isn’t perfectly Pinterest-ready.

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