Vanguard Way / Morrison Seifert Murphy

Architects: Morrison Seifert Murphy
Location: Dallas, Texas,
Architect in Charge: Lionel Morrison, FAIA
Project year: 2007
Constructed Area: 250 sqm
Engineering: David Bowick, Blackwell Engineering
Construction: Kropf Industries, Penfold Construction
Photographs: Morrison Seifert Murphy


This was the first house completed in new Dallas neighborhood devoted entirely to Modernism. As our clients were the first they were able to select a premier albeit irregularly-shaped site that overlooks a public park and waterway.

We accommodated the program in a compact, two-story structure that essentially extends to the buildable limits of the property but reserves some space for private outdoor uses. The garage, accessed via an open motor court, can double as a photographic studio.

Guests enter from the street under a covered porch that leads to a double- height entry that is illuminated from above. The space compresses just before entering the next double-height volume of the living room. This space is adjoined by the dining space and kitchen. The master bath, dining space and living space are arranged enfilade about a centerline that leads through a double-height window wall to a sculpture garden and the park beyond. The guest suite above dining space is organized about this same axis and has its own view to the park and waterway.

The master suite adjoins a walled terrace containing a spa and fireplace. With the sliding panels open these spaces can be used as one. The powder bath is an exquisite space best explained by the images contained herein. Suffice to say that due to its unique plan and dramatic presence the owners have made it a part of the entry experience.

The entire house is rendered in hard-troweled, white stucco with sealed floors throughout the ground level.

Cite: "Vanguard Way / Morrison Seifert Murphy" 27 Dec 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 02 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=10863>

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    Hm…..very Meier. Seems to be an appropriate layout of the space and all. However…I have issues about the glazing. For such emphases on veiws, one would think that the mullions wouldn’t be so distracting, thick, and heavily gridded. Must have been a cost issue, because if these windows weren’t ment to be operable, which is a shame, I would have went with a curtain wall for that full photo effect.

    That is all.

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    very nice house, and tip-o-the-hat to a developer with a ‘modernist’ neighborhood. I am sure all the other regional ‘burbs there are el rancho mcgrande or those two story greeorgian entrances with a million square feet of big roof.

    but I agree the refinement is missing especially in the glazing. meier, yes, but especially campo baeza do it with an ever cooler eye for highly controlled editing of space and detail and pawson still owns the minimalist bath.

    the dusk/night photos are beautiful.

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    Very nice job creating space. Nice scale and proportion. I don’t see as much of a connection to Meier but I do see see a strong connection with Baeza and Pawson (reductive-minimalist). There is an elegant use of materials, although I do agree, curtain wall vs storefront would have been much nicer…it would have been very $.

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