[ Houston, Texas ]
Originally from Gujarat, India, the clients wanted a large residence that would accommodate the extended visits of their family while incorporating elements of the rich traditions of their homeland.
The Lakeshore Residence blends subtle Indian influences with a modern sensibility. The architects studied Indian architectural precedents such as stone domes, step-wells, and temple towers, incorporating abstracted versions into the entry sequence, landscape and the puja (prayer) room, the tallest element in the building according to Indian tradition. The owner’s requested extensive use of white stone and glass, and the architects responded with a composition that combines white stone with copper outside and with wood inside.
Finally, the Indian emphasis on indoor/outdoor living resulted in a landscape design that is an extension of the architecture. Generous balconies and an outdoor living room provide access to air and light while the step-wells, reminiscent of those in Gujarat, transition between dwelling and water.