Featured in Texas Architect Magazine | Nov/Dec issue

  • Date: 2013
  • Size: Site 5,500 SF | House 3,280 SF
  • Status: Completed
  • Location: Houston | TX
  • Awards | Publications: Texas Architect Magazine – Nov|Dec issue, AIA Houston Home Tour – 2013

The Binary House design was conceived of as part of the premier collection for Hometta. The Binary House design explores several simple dualities of modern living: flexible open spaces with user-defined areas, abundant natural lighting without excessive heat gain, and a strong relationship to the exterior without sacrificing privacy. These dualities inform the basic interlocking masses of the building and the spaces within. The house’s exterior interplay of solid and void, coded with specific material designations presents a dynamic image suitable to numerous orientations and locations.

For this version of the design, located in Houston’s Rice University area, the owners requested a modification to include a ground floor master suite, additional bedroom space upstairs, and a unique, 3-story, steel and glass master closet. A 2nd floor office with balconies on two sides hovers over the carport and provides a vantage point for monitoring children playing below. The house’s relationship to the neighborhood was of primary importance to the Owners who have lived on this street for many years. With a refreshing attitude toward community, the open carport / landscaped yard area is utilized as a play area for all the kids on the block and serves as a gathering place for the entire neighborhood.

Photography: Ben Hill, Taggart Sorensen

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