Houston, vast and manmade as it is, remains a city of intense light, heat, humidity, and the ever present foliage of the live oak tree canopy.
To build a house for a single retired woman who wished to relocate from the suburbs to a location where she could engage the ?city?, we opened up a program defined by two overlapping bars, exposing the house to nature and the passing city while preserving privacy.
The client?s primary living area fills the lower bar, and is crossed above by the guest house for her extended family. The diagram of the bars creates two zones centered around the front and rear yards. Each yard - one engaging the city and one embracing the privacy of the interior ? flows seamlessly into the interior through the opposing ?picture windows?.