© Peter Molick
- Architects: Viviano Viviano
- Location: Houston, United States
- Area: 4250.0 ft2
- Project Year: 2017
- Photographs: Peter Molick, Jack Thompson
- Structural Engineer: Insight Structures
- Builder: Catherine Viviano
- Interior Design: Catherine Viviano
- Architectural Designer: Michael Viviano
- Interior Designer: Michael Viviano
Text description provided by the architects. Interior designer and contractor commissions her son - an upstart fresh out of architecture school - to design a house she will build for herself. The resulting project becomes the social hub for a close-knit family and the inaugural work of a mother-and-son firm.
Michael Viviano's parents tapped him for the design of a new house that would accommodate their busy lifestyles and serve as the social hub for their close-knit family. Their desire was to have openness to a point, but for the entertaining spaces to have a somewhat traditional degree
The site is a busy corner lot in a bustling part of Houston, so the interior of the house and the exterior landscape needed to cultivate a quiet sense of calm. Stylistically, Michael had to ease his parents' transition from a series of more traditional homes to a more modern setting. The massing of the house and choice of materials would need to maintain a dialogue with familiar house typologies and vernacular forms. The interior would be set up as a clean, streamlined backdrop for the antique and vintage furnishings the couple would bring with them, which would blend with contemporary pieces as they settled in.
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