Collaborative Designworks is an architecture, interiors, and construction firm, headed by James M Evans and Adriana Camacho. The firm has been a recipient of many awards and has LEED accredited professionals as staff. Their architectural services range from residential, retail, commercial, and interior projects. 

Collaborative Designworks seeks to achieve unique, sustainable, and interesting designs, well-suited to the requirements of the clients. The innovative yet simple, engaging, and creative designs are made to satisfy the users; with appropriate thoughts to light, ventilation, privacy, and security. 

Here are some of the firms’ interesting projects to look at:

1. House 1700

Located in Houston and completed in 2015, House 1700 is built around an existing oak tree. The house was strategically placed around the oak tree, which in turn derived the form of the house. The tree prevents lots of sun from coming in as well as provides privacy to the rooms. There is an outdoor connection with the designed spaces. The project is allocated with two awards.

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2. House 3701

The House 3701 is a project completed in 2016, which is known to be a net-zero energy-producing home with solar panels and a geothermal heat pump. The house owners wanted to take the outdoors in, which was achieved by huge windows and overhang cantilevers. These overhanging roofs also help reduce glare and diverge the rainwater towards a point. 

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3. Hyde Park Double

This Houston-based project was completed in 2011 and won many awards for its design. These are two single-family houses on adjacent plots, different but complementing each other. The house has features like courtyards and front porches, thus getting in light.

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4. Riverside Lake House

Designed on the lake, this vacation house sits on a cantilevered deck. Covered with glass, the doors open to the views and spaces of the outside. The roof cantilevers out providing shade and protection.

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5. Rihadema

Embedded in the West Virginia forest, the slightly elevated structure provides breath-taking views towards the forest. The bridge connects the garage to the other interior spaces. The design draws in maximum views and visual connection to the surroundings, with materials that blend with the natural environment. 

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6. House 1811

The House 1811 is a house designed in 2015. Located in Houston, the site is 6,875 square feet and the house is 4,439 square feet. The house is designed with a distinguished material palette. 

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7. House 2045

The winner of the 2006 AIA Houston Design Award, this house is designed to have all the main living areas on the lower level. Designed as a modern house, there is the use of bright colors, cantilevers, and lots of glass.

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8. House 563

Built in 2012, in the Lakeshore district of New Orleans, this house is a modern version of the older house of the client. The courtyard and terraces are designed to mimic the house right in front of it. The masonry walls also act as screens. The house is modern, energy-efficient, and materially rich.

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9. House 1210

The volumes of the house are placed in a Tetris like manner. There are multiple outdoor and indoor spaces created due to the solids and voids created, thus getting in natural light and views. Steel along with masonry makes the structural system of this house. 

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10. Binary House

The modern design of this house allows the owners to have a community space in the front yards of the house. The flexible spaces allow light to get in, without the spaces getting heated. The house is sustainable, affordable yet is modern and flexible. 

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11. House 1519

This contemporary house is constructed on the site with half the area left for outdoor spaces like a swimming pool, outdoor kitchen, and an edible garden. There is an elevator inside and the lightwell gets in light.

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12. Midtown Elevated

The Midtown Elevated is a housing development project in House which has a new approach towards contemporary living. The development has 10 units of medium density townhouses, designed strategically for light, ventilation, and privacy.

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13. Oiltanking Texas City

The OilTanking Texas City project is a management office and control center for a firm. Two existing buildings on site have been renovated, to achieve the results. The project meets the required energy standards, reducing the operating costs, getting in light and views, with more green spaces. 

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14. House 2344

In this project, the soaring dynamic roof cantilevers outside the structure to allow the bedrooms to get in light and views. The outer spaces include a pool and yard, which acts as a buffer space for the house. There is a cultivation garden in the front of the house.

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15. The 505

The 505 is a housing project having 4 units, with an approach towards sustainable design. The basic design is a box plan accommodating the living spaces, with extensions for windows. The spaces are designed to get the maximum light, providing privacy, and flexibility. 

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Vibha Lohade
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Vibha Lohade is an inquisitive architecture student. Whilst pursuing her Bachelors she believes in voicing her opinions about life and architecture. She is an enthusiast for learning through various modes- an avid reader, traveller and writer. She spends her day yielding pen into various hues of ink.It’s the little things in life that inspire her; and the basics of everything intrigue her.

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