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Listening to the language of the existing historic home, this new Garage Quarters, Outdoor Living, Pool, and Gardens responds in form, materiality, and atmosphere to create a variety of spaces and experiences for enjoyment outside.

Location

Houston, Texas

Design Team

Kevin Barden, Joe Rivers, and Esmer Leija

Typology

Residential

Date

2021 - 2023

Landscape Architect

Falon Land Studio

Interior Designer

Owen Design Group

Structural and Civil Engineer

Dunaway

General Contractor

Heavenly Homes

Photography

Leonid Furmansky

Process

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River Oaks Renovation

Originally built in the 1990s, this River Oaks home renovation seeks to take advantage of the existing spacious layout by maximizing daylighting opportunities as well as allowing for ample indoor-outdoor living. The result is a light-filled home where comfort and elegance is prioritized.

Advice Compilation

Culture and Community

Over the course of four seasons and twenty-eight episodes, Joe and Kevin have sat down with a diverse group of people from nearly every artistic arena; performers, artists, designers, builders, and beyond. A goal of the podcast from the outset has been to illuminate connections between architecture and other creative pursuits; to form bonds with others over process, philosophy, approach; to learn about ourselves by getting to know each other. So we hope that if you are creative, you find some inspiration in the advice that follows.

Staff Travel: Mexico City

Writing

Over the past few years, Esmer has made multiple trips to Mexico City. She had the opportunity to visit The Pyramids of Teotihuacan, La Casa Azul de Frida Kahlo and the first Latin-American Architecture Exhibition of Zaha Hadid’s work. The following is a reflective essay of her travels.