Located on a busy street in Houston’s museum district, this house was designed for a single person with a modern art collection. The triangular form and material responds to the client’s active role with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, which is a metal-clad, sharp-edged, parallel plan building by architect Gunnar Birkerts, and the memory of the original CAMH building that was a 30-60 A-frame.
“This was a skillful, masterful use of all the materials of the neighborhood in a way that did not challenge the context. It integrated very different attitudes about materials and picked up the best of brick, the best of metal siding in a very dynamic way. This is a wonderful combination of some of the best things in Houston.” – Marilyn Taylor, FAIA, Award Jury Member, Dean of Pennsylvania School of Design
The main living areas are contained in the house’s rectangular static brick form that is contrasted by an energetic, upended 30-60 triangular lightweight metal clad stair tower. The translucent screened porches, which allow cross breezes to flow through the entire house, appear as one form that seems to pierce through the center of the three-story brick structure.
“It’s got all of the energy and the light in the entrance and then you get calmed once you get into the brick part. It’s just a thoughtful living environment.” – Ted Flato, FAIA, Award Jury Member, Lake|Flato Architects
“What a dilemma… to have completed a dream house and yet to want to do it all over again!” – Client
AIA Houston 2001 Design Award for Architecture
AIA Houston 1999 Design Award for On the Boards
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Design Council Members Tour 1999
Luxury Homes of Texas, by Jolie Carpenter, Signature Publishing Group, 2009
Houston Chronicle, 29 August 2008, “3 houses; 1 still standing” by Lisa Gray
Houston Chronicle, 12 October 2007, “An Award-Winning Teardown” by Lisa Gray
Paper City, June 2002, “Urban Slivers,” by Erica Levit [Full PDF text]
Geometry in Architecture: Texas Buildings Yesterday and Today, by Clovis Heimsath, UT Press, 2002
Houston Architectural Guide, 2nd Edition, AIA Houston, 1999