Texas Architect September/October 2014: Design Awards

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2014 Design Awards

(Almost) AllAmerican Home by Stephen Fox

Project (Almost) All-American Home, Houston Architect Lantz Full Circle Clients Karen Lantz and Andrew Farkas Photographers Lantz Full Circle, Paul Hester, and Jack Thompson Photography

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im Love, AIA, juror for the Texas Society of Architects 2014 Design Awards, describes the (Almost) All-American Home by Lantz Full Circle | Enter Architecture of Houston as “hotly debated” because it is a bit “idiosyncratic” — and yet, reflecting on the house that Karen Lantz, AIA, designed for herself and her husband, Love concedes, “The more we looked, the more we saw.” Mimi Swartz coined the phrase “(Almost) All-American” in an article she published about Lantz’s house in The New York Times Magazine in October 2012. It’s a reaction that visitors to the house understand perfectly. The

Rather than bulldoze the house, the typical way to clear a lot in Houston, she had it dismantled and its components recycled. two-story-plus-partial-basement house, with its 3,600 sf of air-conditioned space and additional 1,330 sf of covered, open-air space, is Lantz’s attempt to integrate everything she learned in school and on the job into the design of her house. This required not only a multitude of aesthetic decisions but also resolution of a wide range of technical issues regarding materials, technology, and efficient performance. Lantz says her design process started with the suburban ranch house that occupied the site when she and her husband bought it. Rather than bulldoze the house, the typical way to clear a lot in Houston, she had it

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