DREXEL HIGHLAND VILLAGE

This home was featured on the AIA Houston Home Tour.  The home integrates the owners’ Indian heritage with a modern Houston lifestyle. An indoor “courtyard” forms the center of the home, following Hindi tradition. With a roof seemingly to float overhead, this soul space is infused with light, air and openness. Separate living suites for the owners, apartment style quarters for grown children, and guest suites for family from India all surround the courtyard space, providing both privacy and connection amidst a dynamic extended family environment in this Indian modern home designed for Houston’s Highland village area. Sustainability is achieved through smart design solutions such as careful building orientation and window placement. The insulated fiberglass wall system on the west façade minimizes heat gain yet acts as a luminous screen, flooding the interior with soft natural daylight while maintaining privacy from the street. The opposite end of the great room opens to the east, sheltered by the backyard tree canopy and large roof overhang. The exterior utilizes local materials including honed Texas limestone, structural clay tile, and Galvalume siding. Interior finishes include renewable bamboo flooring and recycled quartz countertops. The home expresses and honesty in use of materials, the mass of two arcing cast in place concrete walls contrast to glass and steel and form a neutral backdrop to carefully integrated bold color accents of saffron and turmeric inspired by the owners Indian heritage. Bamboo floors, maple millwork, and translucent interior screens add a sense of warmth and livability to this Indian modern home. As a living space for a physician’s family, the house is mindful of physical healing and wellbeing. Ergonomics, accessible design, and spiritual spaces are integrated within the home and in an outdoor meditation platform. Operable windows and large sliding doors bring in fresh air, natural light and dissolve boundaries between the interior and exterior. The house and landscape were designed together to focus views and allow occupants to experience nature throughout the day. Guests to the AIA Houston Home Tour were able to experience first hand the aspects of Sustainability, Indian heritage, and open space in this Indian modern home in Houston’s Highland village area.