The client's desire was to incorporate a ¼ round circle into the heart of the floor plan. The architect used, as a generator for form and volume, a series of arcs and circles in both plan and elevation.

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Lake Conroe Project

Lake Conroe, Texas - 4,000 Square Feet

Situated on a point at lands end, bracketed with mature white oak and lob lolly pine trees, this west facing one acre lot on Lake Conroe presented dramatic sunsets for viewing but the design challenge of blocking the harsh sun and it's reflections. A celebration of primal forces (earth/ air/ water/ light) coaxes the visitor through the metaphorical entry courtyard, portal and interior gallery until revealing a surprising quarter circle wall of glass celebrating the lake beyond.

The architect's design solution for this residential compound features a conical shaped metal roof which becomes lower to the ground and creates a deeper overhang as it rotates towards the west for the purpose of protecting the 10 foot tall glass within.

The client's desire was to incorporate a ¼ round circle into the heart of the floor plan. The architect used, as a generator for form and volume, a series of arcs and circles in both plan and elevation. The two primary apexes of the plan were also used to help situate the pool and develop a scoring pattern for the stained concrete floors throughout.

To lend privacy and a sense of mystery, a stone walled entry courtyard defines an auto court and tucks within the existing 200 year old white oak trees. A 105 foot linear stone wall runs through the center of the house to organize space, create zones and lend permanence and weight to an otherwise light and airy space. Seeded with fossils, petrified wood and crystals collected during the owner's travels, the wall has an sense that it has been on the site for a century. Designed as a lake house for entertaining friends and family, the kitchen, living and dining rooms share the ¼ round circle room with the primary view of the lake 80 feet away.

The reticence of the private master and quest suites is in dialogue with the exuberance of the public spaces, with the soaring sloped ceiling of the Living/ Dining/ Sitting areas declaring primacy and staking out the position of the Heart and Soul of the structure.

The west facing wrap-around verandah gives the public living areas and the private suites and bunk rooms access to covered outdoor rooms, the barbeque island, pool and lake and the passive solar protection a house with this expanse of glass needs. A redwood and copper sheathed screened porch, along with the rooftop terrace above, round out the options for enjoying the fabulous sunsets which are a regular occurrence.

Upstairs a home office for the owner and an entertainment room for the children separate the two kid's bunk rooms. Each sleeping at least six , the boy's and girl's bunk rooms were designed for the out of town children and their friends and are contained within the half barrel vault 2nd story volumes.

This dynamism of form [the collaborative wills of the client's courage, the architect's vision and the builder's finesse] all coincide in a moment-in-time creation that speaks to man's need for a dialogue with nature.

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"This dynamism of form [the collaborative wills of the client's courage, the architect's vision and the builder's finesse] all coincide in a moment-in-time creation that speaks to man's need for a dialogue with nature."

 

About Lake Conroe

Lake Conroe is the artificial Lake which provides the reserve drinking water supply for the City of Houston, Texas.

It is located about one hour north of downtown Houston (via IH-45).

Lake Conroe is 21 miles long and covers 21,000 surface acres. It offers clean, clear water for recreation:

  • boating
  • fishing
  • hunting
  • golfing
  • swimming
  • water skiing
  • jet skiing
  • pleasure boating