Concrete Box Dream House Robertson Design, Houston, Texas
Christopher Robertson is an Architect having a degree from University of Texas, Austin. After travelling to Europe and installing a residency in Genoa Italy with Pritzker award winning architect Renzo Piano he came back to Houston. In his home town he created Robertson Design working with his partner Vivi Nguyen-Robertson.
The couple owning the place approached Robertson Design. “We’d already started designing a house,” Vivi said, “but we started over.” as the couple had second thoughts. This outcome came out from an older trip of the couple in Japan. Naoshima island, the destination of that trip, has many contemporary museums, some designed by Tadao Ando, aself-taught architecture that had given to society his touch.
“We decided ‘whatever it takes’ after seeing those buildings,” Robertson exclaimed by visiting Benesse House Museum and the Chichu Art Museum. These museums have compact volumes, square, rectangular or even triangular volumes installed in a hillside. They exhibit installations by James Turrell and Walter De Maria work, and also some paintings by Claude Monet.
The 270 sq.m. of the house are three distinct elements. A concrete box, a wooden box, and the low concrete wall enclosing the yard. Apart from the architectural excellence the surrounding items are selected perfectly for the occasion. Coulours are plain so that the visitor will focus on the space. Elegant. Enjoy.