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The 505 project client

The 505, Houston

The 505 Townhomes

architect

Collaborative Designworks James M. Evans, AIA

design team contractor

Virkus Construction Matrix Structural Engineers (structural); Marsh/

consultants

Jalayer & Associates (civil) photographers

resources

Aker/Zvoncovik Photography; G. Lyon Photography unit pavers :

Pavestone;

siding :

James Hardie;

unit

masonry wall assemblies : Southwest Concrete Products; pre- fabricated structural wood and glue- laminated timber : All Pan; pre- fabricated wood joints and trusses : American Truss; architectural woodwork : Ultracraft;

waterproofing

and dampproofing :

Tyvek;

metal roof tiles :

Millennium

Tiles; specialty doors : Pella; entrances and storefronts : Vistawall; metal windows :

Ram Industries; glass : PPG; tile : Daltile, Caesar; granite :

The 505, a four-unit townhouse development, sits near Houston’s rejuvenated downtown. The architect spearheaded the project as an experimental design exercise that works within the economic and market constraints of a speculative housing development. The 505 sought to be financially successful and to make responsible use of land, incorporate sustainable design principles, enhance community sensibilities, and possess an architectural identity. Window placement is carefully refined to provide views and an abundance of natural light without sacrificing privacy. Third-floor roof decks located between units engender a sense of community while providing an outdoor buffer between living spaces. The unique form is a simple box that has been activated by a single shift made in plan. This shift allows for more windows in the envelope underneath overhangs oriented north-south rather than across to the adjacent units. The rotation in plan also creates opportunities for flexible yet defined internal volumes.

National Tile & Terrazzo; carpet : Interface

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards