Beautiful Lines

A new coffee table book showcases 33 of the most modern homes in Texas.

While one might think Texas’ landscape serves as juxtaposition to modern architecture, the new book from Images Publishing, Texas Modern: Redefining Houses in the Lone Star State, describes how Texas and modern architecture are as natural a pair as Texas and oil.

Helen Thompson — author and senior editor at Modern Luxury Interiors Texas magazine — writes in the introduction that Texas was perfectly poised for this kind of sleek design, thanks to two things: an East Texas oil boom in the late ’30s that led to an abundance of steel and the vision of North Texas architect David R. Williams. Williams — who worked on the Fort Worth railway system before attending the University of Texas and opening a practice in Dallas in the ’20s and ’30s — approached architecture from a different angle, with a keen interest on how a home inhabits a lot, its orientation and horizontality. Williams is widely considered the father of Texas modern architecture.

Texas Modern: Redefining Houses in the Lone Star State showcases 25 of today’s renowned Texas architecture firms including Buchanan Architecture, Lake + Flato and LaRue Architects. Residences in Dallas, Austin, Houston and San Antonio dominate the pages, but a few small-town homes, like a hilltop retreat in Fredericksburg by Energy Architecture and an unexpected Waxahachie lake house by Mark Odom Studio, also grace the pages. Perhaps the most unique of all homes — a five-story (yes, five) Dallas home by Miro Rivera Architects with views of the downtown skyline.

Thirty-three homes and 250-plus pages of beauty just leave us with one request — how about a little Fort Worth next time?