Bluffview House

Category:  Residential
Year:  2018
Location:  Dallas, TX
Size:  4,200 sq ft

A doctor in Dallas hired Mapos to design his dream home in the upscale neighborhood of Bluffview that would serve as both a haven from his hectic days at the hospital and a space to support his active outdoor lifestyle. Mapos was tasked with designing a modern home that would function as a definitive counterpoint to the new, yet traditional McMansions on adjacent properties.

The client emphasized the necessity of informal living and dining areas for entertaining, spacious bedrooms, a home office, and plentiful storage space for his outdoor gear and automobiles. He also requested an outdoor pool, hot tub, and lush landscape to isolate the property and establish a sense of privacy.

The two-story interior was designed as an open volume with the second floor inserted into a larger box, creating a dramatic interplay of double-height and compressed spaces on the lower level. For the exterior, Mapos composed the house out of four flat-roofed volumes, assembled to create welcoming front and rear outdoor spaces, intimate landscaped side gardens, and visual protection from the neighbors. The forms and proportions combined contain a rich assembly of indoor and outdoor spaces that will serve the client for years to come.

The modern house sits back from the street, humbly and confidently, an intentional counterpoint to the preening McMansions being built nearby.
Working within the modern vernacular, Mapos composed the house out of four flat-roofed volumes assembled to create a welcoming front and rear outdoor spaces, and intimate landscaped side gardens.
Voids in the “tray” expand the living space above the main entry, living room, and the kitchen, rising against a sloped cedar wall to a large skylight above.