The lower-level living area of the house seems a lot larger than it really is as it flows into the outdoor social zone that is surrounded by a blanket of greenery. On the inside one sees a neutral color scheme with skylights and large windows bringing in an abundance of sunlight adding to the cheerful ambiance. A sculptural staircase that leads to the top floor is surrounded by a wall of books with the vertical space on offer being utilized completely.
It is in this context that was shaped by GEMA to provide a relaxing shelter an efficient workspace and a classy gathering spot for growing businesses. The lovely building nestled on the edge of Thi Nghe canal overlooks a lush green park and sits right next to the city’s largest botanical gardens.
The two central pieces of this dramatic home grace the dining space that sits next to the living area with a TIE Fighter-inspired dining table and the bright red Darth Maul double-bladed lightsaber.
Despite its seemingly unassuming appearance this ingenious home does all it can to keep energy consumption down to a bare minimum with the architects estimating no more than $15 worth of electricity and natural gas being utilized each month by the homeowners. Cutting back on its carbon footprint by utilizing passive cooling techniques a rainwater filtering system further enhances the green credentials of this ergonomic residence.
The two independent buildings are connected by a common patio and pool area and the living area of one is visually connected with the other using sliding glass doors. Even though both houses seem similar from the outside they present an entirely different look as you step indoors.
The low pitched roof design of LeanToo helps it retain the classic ‘cottage’ feel even while ushering in a modern vibe offering the best of both worlds. Responding to the unique demands of the site and creating a harmonious contemporary getaway this fabulous Texas cottage is both intimate and open at the same time.
On the lower level of the house one finds the living area along with the kitchen dining space and a Zen-style nook next to the staircase that also holds an indoor tree. Additional bedrooms and storage spaces make up the rear part of the ground floor with the first floor holding the master bedroom and study.