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Located in a community along the Gulf Coast, this new single family residence creates a place of of rest and relaxation. Working with the local vernacular language of stilt frame wood construction, the elevated main level captures views, sun, shade, and breeze at all times of day and night. Vaulted ceilings, a bright sun room, and a cozy loft offer diverse spaces to unwind from the day and spend time with family and friends.

Location

Port Bolivar, TX

Design Team

Kevin Barden and Joe Rivers

Typology

Residential

Date

2020-2021

Process

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Food and Beverage

In this episode our resident architects Joe Rivers and Kevin Barden visit with Minh Nguyen, the friendly figure behind Cafe TH in Houston, Texas.

Talking About Wood (Reden Über Holz)

Writing

In 1985, Swiss architects Michael Alder, Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, and Peter Zumthor sat down with Archithese to discuss building with wood; the continued traditions of its use as well as the possibility of developing new traditions. All four architects articulate a specific interest of the material and offer a critical eye to the others’ work. While Alder is concerned with the aesthetics of wood, Zumthor is attentive to the material from a cabinetmaker’s…