Houston Residence is located in Bellair, Houston an older suburb that is currently experiencing an influx of new development and gentrification. Designing a 650 m² house on a very tight and restrictive stand served as a great challenge for the architects. Another challenge was that the site fell within a 100-year flood line and thus the design called for the house to be lifted from the natural ground level. The size of the site and the client brief, encouraged the maximization of indoor living with the use of double volume areas and open plan living space.
The client had a very precise brief driving the design. This resulted in a layout that consists of a double volume family room and an open plan kitchen with services that include a pantry, dirty kitchen, scullery and laundry room, all of which are located on the ground story. The large main bedroom suite is also located on the ground storey with a view of a water feature wrapping around the prayer/ meditation space. There are also 5 bedrooms with en-suits on a first storey level, which are all connected to a pajama lounge with a staircase that leads to the roof top entertainment space. All of this allowed for the house to remain focused on vertical living in a further effort to maximize the available space.
The client’s love for off-shutter concrete, steel and glass was taken into consideration with the choice of materials used for the house while withering steel was added to the list to help accentuate certain features of the design.