Milford AvenueHouston, Texas

Conceived for an artist, her husband, and daughter, this design responds to the clients’ desire for a house that evokes a sculptural quality and provides the backdrop for an art collection.

The house is divided into a series of geometric forms under its simple gabled roof. Two rectangular wings are divided by the cylindrical stair form, which can be seen through a proscenium arch that frames the house. Two “zippers” of glass emphasize the separation of the two wings and bring natural light deep inside. One wing houses the living room with two bedrooms above; the other the kitchen, study, and a master suite. In between is the double-height dining room, enveloped by the spiraling stair. Generous windows, skylights, and glass doors allow natural light to fill the house, animating the interiors and strengthening the indoor/outdoor connection.

“Curved forms and expansive windows that fill the rooms with a natural light heighten the emphasis on spaces with an indoor/outdoor feeling.” – Houston Chronicle

“Thanks to a combination of color, light, and material, the house emanates a warm and elegant atmosphere.” – Houston Chronicle

“The idea here is to create a utilitarian existence that conforms to an individual’s lifestyle — a concept that has become familiar territory for architects Carrie Glassman Shoemake and Ernesto Maldonado.” – Paper City


AIA Houston 1999 Honor Award for Architecture

American Society of Interior Designers, Houston Chapter, First Place Award 2000

AIA Houston Home Tour 2000

Diverse Works Home Tour 2000

Paper City, April 2015 “Beyond the Pale” (pp 41-44) by Rebecca Sherman

Houston Architectural Guide, 2nd & 3rd Editions AIA Houston, 1999 & 2012

Luxury Homes of Texas by Jolie Carpenter  Signature Publishing Group, 2009

Gloss Magazine, November 2007 / “A Sense of Place: Peaceful Globalism” [Full PDF text]

Paper City December 2005 / “Halls of Fame” by Laurann Claridge [Full PDF text]

Houston Chronicle, 10 June 2005 “Delights Abound in Garden with Tight Space” by Clifford Pugh [Full PDF text]

Geometry in Architecture: Texas Buildings Yesterday and Today  by Clovis Heimsath UT Press, 2002

Lynette Jennings Design, 8 January 2001 Discovery Channel

Texas Architect, November/December 2000 “A Roof Over Space” by Gerald Moorhead, FAIA [Full PDF text]

Texas, Houston Chronicle Magazine, September 2000 “First Place, Residential”

Paper City January 2000 / “Warming up Minimalism” by Rachel Jensen [Full PDF text]