The 505 Townhomes: Urban Experiment with Modern + Sustainable Design (Houston)
The instant I saw The 505, I knew there was something about it that needed blogging. This Houston, Texas four-unit townhouse development is extremely striking and innovative--it has that modern swagger that many of us would like to call home. The goal of this project was to "be financially successful and to make responsible use of land, incorporate sustainable design principles, enhance community sensibilities, and possess an architectural identity."
Like a lot of green-built projects, The 505 incorporates Terrazzo granite floors and Interface carpet. The windows were carefully designed and placed to provide views and natural light and still provide a modicum of privacy. Lots of modern + green homes seem like nothing more than glass houses with metal roofs, but this place manages to negotiate the importance of natural light/shading and privacy.
The 505 [Texas Architect]
Texas Society of Architects 2006 Design Award Winner