Old Lake Highlands Home Made of Shipping Containers Featured in ArchDaily

Photo: Wade Griffith

Photo: Wade Griffith

I think I’ve heard just about everything there is to hear about PV14, the modern home constructed of 14 shipping containers located on Peavy Road in Old Lake Highlands. The home, which has outstanding panoramic views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas, including Boy Scout Hill, has been praised and has raised several eyebrows as neighbors watched the home go vertical.

It’s been called both trendy and tremendous, but while there was some negative feedback from some of the homeowners, many of whom felt the structure was too tall for a neighborhood full of single-story 1950s traditionals, after the AIA Dallas Tour of Homes the collective gasp of excitement over the home was well heard.

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Stunning Lionel Morrison Original in Sought After Urban Reserve

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You already know we love sleek, innovative modern design here at CandysDirt.com. That kind of angular, bright, and clean architecture has no greater exemplar than Lionel Morrison. This architect is known for creating bright open spaces that still feel private. These homes are perfect for those who love diffused light, panoramic views, and privacy.

You can get all of that in this home, plus an opportunity to live in one of the most architecturally interesting neighborhoods in Dallas: Urban Reserve.

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AIA Dallas Tour of Homes Features Modern Marvels From Local Architects

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It seems like every year AIA Dallas puts on its fall home tour, they up the ante of style and substance. This year’s AIA Dallas Tour of Homes, held Saturday and Sunday Nov. 1-2, is no different.

The tour, which is self-guided and open to the public, will feature the outstanding work of AIA Dallas architects. The tour will feature the recently completed shipping container home from Michael Gooden Design, PV14. The home, named for its address on Peavy Road and for the number of shipping containers the home is constructed with, has sweeping views of White Rock Lake and downtown Dallas. The other eight homes, which also include a Howard Meyer renovation, are no slouches, either.

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4337 Travis Street

What an exceptional opportunity to live in one of these gorgeous modern townhomes designed by Lionel Morrison. The architect, which has a fondness for minimalistic modern design that pairs metal and natural materials seamlessly, has designed amazing Dallas homes and landmarks, including this light and bright mansion on Northaven Road, One Arts Plaza, and many more.

We’ve featured one of these incredible Travis Street townhomes before as a Monday Morning Millionaire, and today’s Lease of the Week is just as fabulous as that home, only it doesn’t have a rooftop deck. Still, it’s a beautiful home in an amazing location with everything your modern-loving heart desires. Located at 4337 Travis Street, you can rent this gorgeous concrete, glass, and steel beauty marketed by Rogers Healy himself for $9,000 a month.

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Let’s take a look inside this fabulous home …

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AIA Dallas All But Abandons Support of Proposed Trinity Tollway

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Drawing: NTTA

So, who is still carrying banners for the Trinity Tollway? Looks like the numbers are getting pretty thin, and now Dallas’ most influential architecture organization, the American Institute of Architects — Dallas has pulled their support for the road planned between the levees of the Trinity River.

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8643 Groveland Side Twilight

They have great views!

OK, that was a really bad joke, but it does illustrate why our Friday Four Hundred this week is an amazing property. This modern home at 8643 Groveland was just featured in the White Rock Home Tour, and is a gorgeous example of sustainable architecture and design. Not only does this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bath modern masterpiece have tons of windows all around its exterior, but it takes advantage of the nature surrounding the home, allowing the homeowner to feel more connected to the outside space. It’s not a huge home at 1,550 square feet, but thanks to the windows, it feels that way. It’s listed by Ebby Halliday Realtor Jude Nash for $469,000.
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Architecture360 Tour

This year’s Architecture360 is sure to attract a wide audience this year, thanks to AIA Dallas and Dallas Center for Architecture‘s hard work. The organizations have sought out the coolest and most interesting behind-the-scenes locations for their “Place-A-Day series,” which includes a tour of a new spot inside the city with a never-before-seen perspective. (more…)

AIA Dallas Gives Russell Buchanan's Unique Mockingbird House Honor Award

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We’ve reported on this incredible box-like residence on Mockingbird in Highland Park, a home that caused some friction with neighbors thanks to its unique design and use of materials. With a building envelope you’d most often find covering a warehouse and some really innovative use of natural materials, Russell Buchanan’s “Mockingbird House” caught the eyes of AIA Dallas, which gave the home an Honor Award.

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The house is a two-story, 4,140-square-foot home that is basically a rectangular box served by a vestibule that, when lit up at night, glows amber thanks to the onyx slab construction. The owners, whose trade is in wholesale stone, used several different types of granite, quartz, and marble in the home’s construction.

Buchanan, who likened the home to a giant refrigerator box, says the insulated panels provide a construction efficiency that is unmatched, and have the added benefit of providing sound-dampening properties that keep the home quiet despite the busy street just outside.

When I toured this home during a Dallas Architecture Forum event, what really struck me was the versatility that this type of construction could lend. And considering that the home was pretty much finished in a year, well, that’s incredibly fast for a well-insulated home.

Congratulations to Buchanan for his forward-thinking design!