event of the hunt
Rancho Dos Vidas
Located in the scrub county between San Antonio and Laredo, Rancho Dos Vidas was built as a ranch headquarters and family hunting lodge for an Aspen couple. The compound draws its forms, geometry, and details from the Spanish colonial archetypes of south Texas and northern Mexico: missions, haciendas, presidios, and public places familiar to the outposts of the frontier. The lodge is approached along the natural path of the Sendero, cut through the brush from the north and surmounting a small hill overlooking a lake. The organization of the compound acts as a foil to the surrounding wilderness.
The main court feathers the soothing sounds of the courtyard fountain and offers comfort for both arrival and departure through the intimate scale of the gathering space.
Through timber and iron gates, one enters a court guarded by protective walls and the sentinel cistern that holds the harsh Texas surroundings at bay.