A weekend house for a Houston couple is designed as a group of buildings that define structured outdoor space. Built on open acreage, a lawn and pool court are the only formalized spaces; beyond the precinct of the buildings, the landscape was left relatively untouched. The clients wanted the house to easily accommodate visitors and family in a relaxed but refined setting. Kyle established a formal axial composition along the lawn to organize the grouping of the main house, guesthouse and cabana. The pool, along with the lawn, provide ample outdoor recreation areas for adults and children.
The main house is organized around a two-story center entry hall that sets a relaxed, light, and airy tone upon entry. Upstairs bunkrooms are designed for kids and the guesthouse accommodates different groups of visitors. Vernacular materials – metal siding and roofing and stone and wood detailing ground the house to the land. Designed for the specific purpose of entertaining and relaxing on weekends and holidays, the house responds with simple yet refined spaces, elemental materials and strong indoor/outdoor connections.