Husband-and-wife team Rame and Russell Hruska have created a modern oasis in the heart Houston’s Museum Park neighborhood. On two adjacent properties, using contemporary materials and elements of sustainability, they’ve built their personal three-story residence – Tripartite House – and their architecture studio – Live Work Studio.
The upcoming Houston MA+DS Modern Home tour (September 24) will open the doors to the award-winning Tripartite House, so named for its major design conceit: three stacked layers that divide the public and private realms into a strata of functional zones. We spoke with the Hruska’s, co-founders of Intexture Architects, about their home.
Q&A w/ Rame & Russell Hruska, Intexture Architects
This is your personal home, which you designed as well. What were your major priorities and values when you set out to design it?
We set out to achieve a livable home for our family that also expressed our ideals. Sustainability was an important factor along with well designed spaces that allow us to functionality while maintaining a clean minimal aesthetic.
You’ve called this home a “Tripartite House.” Can you explain what this means, and why did you decided to design it in this way?
The homes designed in three parts: outward, inward, and upward. The first floor is open and transparent engaging the street, the landscape and reaching outward. The second floor is inward focused to private spaces while the third floor encompasses and upward view to the sky and city views.
How does this home respond to its site and the surrounding neighborhood?
We have thoughtfully designed the scale of the home with first floor volume at the front to address the street and located the higher volume to the back of the property. Instead of fences we embrace the neighborhood with landscaping and green space place designed to create a welcoming gesture.
This home is next door to your Live Work Studio for for your firm, Intexture. How do these two structures play off each other?
Each use similar materials in a different way, the two structures also face each other in constant dialogue.
What are some design elements that tour-goers should be sure to keep an eye out for?
Some unique elements to watch for include sustainable features such as the rainwater harvesting and biofiltration, motorized kitchen cabinets, hidden appliance garage and clever storage solutions.
Do you have your tickets to the Houston MA+DS Modern Home Tour? Get them here!