Urban Reserve 22 / Vincent Snyder Architects

© Chuck Smith Photography

Architects: Vincent Snyder Architects
Location: , Texas,
Project Team: Vincent Snyder, Jon Geib
Structural Engineer: Lobsinger & Potts Structural Engineer Inc.
Contractor: Urban Edge Developers
Project Year: 2007
Project Area: 3900 sqf
Photographs: Chuck Smith Photography

Selected for the 2008 Dallas AIA Homes Tour, the UR22 Residence is a 4,000 sqf single family home within the Urban Reserve; a master planned sustainable development in Dallas, Texas. UR22 was designed for “empty nesters” that desire a high degree of internal and external connectivity while providing a sense of privacy for family and overnight guests. Due to their frequent entertaining, the clients also required a flexible space able to accommodate both small gatherings and large parties. The stringent development code for the Urban Reserve included compact 50’ wide lots with a mandatory zero-lot line / restricted view to the north side of the lot.

© Chuck Smith Photography

With relatively opaque walls on the north, east and west, the UR22 Residence is elongated along the east-west axis to maximize buildable area within the narrow site. A large expanse of high efficiency glazing on the south wall enhances the sense of interpenetration between interior gathering space and exterior garden, allowing an easy flow across boundaries. UR22’s protective slate envelope is precisely configured to control the intense Texas sun while channeling cooling breezes to protected exterior spaces on the second floor. Repetitive glue laminated timber frames establish a consistent reference for spatial organization while expressing the dynamics of lateral and gravity forces. The serial disposition of the frames introduces an element of material warmth and structural decoration throughout the flexible open plan.


One of the first homes built in the development; this project demonstrates the developer’s intention to create a high-density suburban environment with a sense of community and sustainability at the scale of both development and home. Location within a Smart Growth Planning Zone, passive solar design and day lighting, low impact and renewable materials, advanced framing techniques with digital modeling, rainwater harvesting, and ground source heat pumps all combine to give the UR22 Residence LEED Gold Certification and a Home Energy Rating of 50, using approximately 1/2 the energy per square foot of a typical home.

© Chuck Smith Photography
Cite: "Urban Reserve 22 / Vincent Snyder Architects" 14 Aug 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 30 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=158257>
  • Kent Johnson

    Finally, this house is lovely in person. The only sad thing is that it doesn’t have anything on either side of it. The other side of the street has plenty of homes.