Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Intexure Live-Work Studio in Houston
February 3rd, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
After working several years in a downtown warehouse loft, Intexure’s owners, married couple Russell and Rame Hruska (both architects), transformed a vacant urban lot that had essentially been a garbage dump for many years into the site of a new Live-Work studio for their office and home. “It took a great deal of personal risk and sacrifce but has paid off with a building that represents our values”, says the couple. Furthering the process of revitalization, Intexure then developed a series of sustainable homes adjacent to the studio which balance the need for urban density with appropriate green space and areas for gathering. “What we are really seeking to do is not just design buildings but create a community”
Intexure is based on the idea of interweaving all aspects such as site, context, culture, environment, landscape, and furnishings to create cohesive design solutions. The firm maintains a diverse portfolio project types; however all projects share a sensitivity to the site, their clients needs, sustainability, appropriate use of materials, and the relationship of time and place.
Forming a commitment to smart, compact living within the inner loop of Houston, this studio represents a ground floor work environment with living space above.
Areas are designed with flexibility and dual functions in mind.
This outdoor pavilion at Intexure serve as a community gathering space and connection point between the architects Live-Work studio and adjacent development, as well as the surrounding neighborhood. The pavilion canopy offers dappled shade above the concrete bench seating and water element, which can also accommodate a table of twelve. A children’s sand box and play area blends with the adjacent garden providing a harvest of tomatoes, basil, squash, pumpkins and okra. A native plant and butterfly garden assures there is a constant flux of butterflies in the mid-summer air. An in-ground pond adds interest at the streetscape and captures rainwater from the butterfly roof.
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