Dallas has a long tradition of bringing in architectural talent and influences from around the nation and exploring indigenous architecture with Texas architects. We see both approaches in two recent modern homes. A young Chicago architect, Robert Neylan, formerly of NHDKM, designed on Miramar the Translucens House, a compilation of stainless steel, teak, granite, Belgian glass and water. The exterior mass, geometry and balconies reflect the proportions of the neighboring 1916 eclectic home. The interior with a courtyard invites us to keep looking inward. It is stark, serene, exquisitely executed and visually open both horizontally and vertically, as glass bridges and stairs connect the house.