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Tripartite House

Intexture Architects

Location

Houston, TX

Client/Owner

Rame hruska and Russell Hruska

Consultants

  • General Contractor: Mod Fab
  • Structural Engineer: Gessner Engineering

Project Status

Built

Certifications and Designations

Project Description

Set on a busy street in a transitional neighborhood plagued by contrasting forces of blight and speculative development this project dares to define a new standard for urban infill with a home that reflects authenticity, values, quality, and sustainability.

The home is divided into three stacked zones addressing the programmatic divisions of public and private space: Tripartite House. The first floor extends outward engaging views in the public realm. Floor to ceiling storefront glass provides infill and transparency between the structural cast-in‐place concrete walls. The second floor utilizes solid forms focused inward to private spaces and screened views. The zinc clad cantilevered volume shades the entry and cloaks intimate spaces within. Opening upward with a glass outlook, the third floor captures the void of rooftop space into a breezy sky filled zone where occupants enjoy the evening skyline and sunset above the fray.

Long term livability for a family with young children and aging grandparents was a key priority along with a durability, maintenance and sustainability. The home is anticipated to receive LEED platinum status though use of sustainable materials, energy minded features including high performance insulation and AC system, and low flow plumbing. An expandable south‐westerly solar array is designed to offer future energy independence. Glazing features a hydrophilic nanocoating with self‐cleaning properties. Rainwater is harvested in a modular underground collection system connected to a pond and bio‐filtration feature at the entry designed to meet the site’s entire irrigation demand.
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