A House with Name of Saint in Houston
Saint Emanuel House is the project of Ronnie Self Architect, a home that provides one of the most spectacular views of the downtown skyline. Located in Houston’s Third Ward, in a robust site, it inspires strength in geometry but not only.
The large garden is oriented to the neighborhood; the roof deck floats over the house and looks like a giant parasol providing shade; at the same time, it offers a wide- open panorama of the sky. In spite of the modest size of the building, the wide variety of spatial qualities and views gives the impression of being more generous than it really is.
The full height windows at the extremities are the ones giving a sense of endless space; the existing circulation axis has the role of linking all the spaces. In a generally rectangular plan, the inside reveals extraverted public spaces, with all sorts of transparencies and reflections that connect a room to the other and to the outside world, while the private spaces are more intimate, no matter it is about the two bedrooms oriented towards the garden or the bathroom from the middle of the house.
The concrete walls and the columns provide the advantage of better views over the environment, especially at night and add a unique mood to the entire place.