River Oaks Residence

Houston, TX

Project Description

Located on the corner of a small, iconic River Oaks neighborhood noted for its important historical and mid-century modern homes, 940 Kirby strikes a balance between contemporary design and historic roots. Neighborhood deed restrictions presented significant design challenges, including the requirement for a two-story, traditional residential design facing Kirby Drive along with setbacks significantly reducing the buildable area. Referring to neighboring mid-century modern houses as precedent, Page utilized a number of presentations to the Architectural Control Committee to illustrate the scale of height and contextual design of materials and architectural details, resulting in a first-ever approval of a new contemporary and smaller one-story house for River Oaks.

With exterior materials of Norman brick, stucco and “Hardi Artisan” planks, the two-bedroom house is designed with four distinctive facades. Each elevation is connected to its own exterior space via large expanses of glass which bring in abundant natural light. The east-facing kitchen opens out to a small pool and landscaped deck, while the master bedroom and bath suite have a private terrace. Decks and landscaped areas with outdoor sculpture form the entrance to the house, and mask the busy street just beyond. Inside, the utilization of high ceiling, interconnected spaces with clean simple finishes such as terrazzo and milled cypress express the quality of the interior spaces. The use of farm-grown cypress (milled from local trees) in the ceilings and ipe exterior decks create rich contrasts in color.



Society of American Registered Architects. Honor Award.

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