LEED for Homes Silver Certification from USGBC
- Date: 2008
- Size: Site 3,615 SF EA | House 3,460 SF EA
- Status: Completed
- Location: Houston | TX
- Awards | Publications: AIA Houston Design Award – 2010, LEED for Homes Silver Certification from USGBC, AIA Houston Home Tour – 2008, Houston Modern Luxury – Apr 2009, Houston Lifestyles & Homes – Apr 2009
HOUSE X2 emerged as the product of compromise, flexibility, and creativity. The challenging site at the edge of an established residential neighborhood had been slated for a controversial new office building when the Owners proposed an alternate use – a pair of homes for their growing families with one unit having the Architect’s office on the ground floor.
The scheme acts as a buffer between the residential and commercial neighbors bordering the property, a much appreciated resolution to the challenge created by Houston’s lack of zoning policies. The buildingÕs contemporary aesthetic makes use of commercial materials and technologies for the live-work scheme, helping to mediate between the adjacent traditional residences and the larger scale and contemporary look of the nearby office buildings.
The city’s development code required the building to be set back a third of the width of the site, dictating a more vertical solution, but also bestowing the advantage of tree-top views. The building’s sculpted form is strategically designed for calculated window shading, protective cover at the entries, interlocking outdoor terraces, and to allow for more desirable window placement oriented North / South while preserving privacy.
Photography: Ben Hill, Joe Aker