Woodland Heights was originally platted as a streetcar suburb of Houston, although it was eventually incorporated and is now one of the nearest residential neighborhoods to downtown, becoming one of the city's most desirable enclaves in the process. Despite its gentrification, the area has retained, mostly intact, the arts and crafts bungalows that constitute its charm. The challenge for this renovation was to double the space of an existing (and insensitively altered)1915 bungalow, regain the essence of its vintage, honor the scale of the street, and still be of the current age. This was achieved through the use of carefully detailed scalar elements that dematerialized the mass that the program required. Triangular windows at the top corners of the street facade break the box, while allowing diffuse north light into the master suite. The house presents its most modern facades to the rear and sides, where it can more privately do so. But even here, it doesn’t reveal all its secrets. The east facade is screened behind a row of columns with attached perforated metal sheeting, a conveyance for flowering yellow jasmine. Period spec windows, wood siding, and roofing respect the arts and crafts tradition, while cleaving planar elements into palatable units, keeping the client, as well as the neighbors, happy.
Location: Houston, TX, US