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Tree House
Houston, Texas

Designed for a young couple to be built on an east facing 50’ X 135’ lot in a small neighborhood of vintage homes just minutes from downtown Houston, the Tree House reflects the spirit, massing, and scale of the vernacular traditions of the community. A 1,600 square foot rectangular volume is divided along its east-west axis into public and private spaces. Opening to a wrap-around screened porch is a large public space that includes a kitchen and areas for living and dining. Large operable clearstory windows and sliding glass doors ventilate interiors during months when air conditioning isn’t needed as well as provide abundant natural light eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day. To the north, behind a thick wall of cabinets and closets with open space above for additional ventilation are the bedrooms and bathrooms. Along this wall and supporting a simple standing seam shed roof that reflects intense summer sun are seven tree-like columns with inverted trusses and exposed custom gusset plates. Rain from heavy Houston downpours is collected in deep aluminum channels at the roof’s edge and emptied into rock beds below.
Royse-Eagleton Architects Project