This modern bungalow designed for a single owner is an elegant counterpoint to the ongoing Houston trend of building oversized houses on inner city lots. Designed simply as a series of courtyards, a combination of indoor and outdoor, private and semi-private space, the house “de-forms” to become the residual element between these controlled, yet fluid, spaces. The interplay between this fluid space and the discreet, defined space drives the design, creating an easy conversation between solid volume and the empty interstitial space.
The house reads as a small complex of tightly sited buildings, despite being a unified structure (with a separate garage). The simple, geometric volumes are defined by an elemental palette of brick, glass, and metal. Siding, applied as a screen on the exterior, allows light to filter from the interior at night, creating a glowing effect that illuminates the shapes, reinforcing the relationship between solid and void.