Bellaire Porch House

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Bellaire Porch House

Bellaire Porch House

Designed to withstand a wide range of environmental factors this residence also minimizes its impact on its surroundings by utilizing methods such as highly efficient irrigation, rain chains for rainwater collection, landscape as filtration for runoff water, and native planting. Both the architecture and landscape are LEED certified and highly sustainable. 

The Bellaire house adopted the idea of using simple, vernacular architectural forms with custom porches and covered walkways that serve as the connective tissue of the detached rooms. The outcome is an integrated, site specific design that fosters a close relation with the landscape. The design provides seclusion for the three separate living areas while also nurturing a sense of connection in the communal areas. Outside, hedges begin to create small and large gathering spaces at grassy lawn areas while rain gardens and cedars are provided as backdrops. The property line is buffered by a stand of bamboo, and colorful perennials acting as a continuation of the linear pool that stretches out from the central porch.

Location: Houston, TX

Team: Lake/Flato, Natalye Appel + Associates Architects

Photo Credit:
Lake Flato, Claudia Casbarian