Winnwood Residence

Winnwood Residence

5G Studio Collaborative
Dallas, Texas, USA | View Map
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Private Houses
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5G Studio Collaborative

Western Window Systems
Adam Mørk
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Window/Door SystemsWestern Window Systems
ManufacturersVELUX Commercial
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)ADW Corporation
Floor TileAmerican Tile
ManufacturersAtlas Concorde
Photovoltaic SolarAxium Solar

Product Spec Sheet
Window/Door Systems
Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC)
Floor Tile
Photovoltaic Solar

Winnwood Residence

5G Studio Collaborative as Architects

The Winnwood Residence is a new 4,600 SF, single-story, single-family contemporary residence that gives the owner the sense of living in the outdoor landscape year round.  The owner is an interior designer who has a deep love for gardening.  The house is surrounded on all four sides by extensively landscaped areas, one of the sides being a conservation park managed by the Texas Parks & Wildlife and the US Dept. of Interior.  It was conceived as a solid black plaster mass, sitting within an enclosed garden, from which exterior voids were carved to create transition zones between the built and the natural.  From within the house, all viewpoints to the exterior terminate upon lush landscaping.  Large sliding glass doors open completely full width into integrated pockets in the walls on opposing ends of the house to allow natural ventilation to pass through the main living areas.


The interior architecture is a simple, limpid space that is well daylit through full-height windows and a large skylight.  Rendered in smooth reflective interior plaster, the natural outdoor conditions lend subtle coloration upon the surfaces.  The exterior finish is black plaster upon which climbing Boston Ivy is expected to overtake overtime; the shadow blackness of the exterior surfaces allows one to truly enjoy light, not shadow, filtering through the trees.


The architecture elegantly and quietly achieves its sustainability objectives; proposes a new vocabulary of architecture that is decidedly un-local yet celebrates Texas living; and is very much about the landscape as it is about the interior.  It is certified USGBC LEED for Homes Platinum; is a Net Positive Energy project; and utilizes Geothermal Heat Pump, Photovoltaic Solar Array, and Rainwater Harvesting.  We introduced and educated the Owner on sustainability matters throughout the process; the Owner's project requirements did not initially include any sustainability requirements.  We felt it important to strive for an exceptional architectural statement to embody an environmental stewardship at a scale that sheltered the smallest unit of society.

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LEED Platinum modern home near Dallas

Western Window Systems as Window/Door Systems

Huge glass meets a LEED Platinum modern home near Dallas


Across the street from a greenbelt conservation area on the outskirts of Dallas sits a remarkable modern home designed by Paul Merrill and Yen Ong of 5G Studio Collaborative that truly blends in with its surroundings.


Certified LEED Platinum (the highest residential rating possible), the 4,600-square-foot home is an energy-positive structure whose facade is fully one-third glass. In fact, says Merrill, during the day, the home can be illuminated using only natural light.


“The Winnwood Residence really presented itself to the landscape,” says Merrill, principal at 5G Studio. “We wanted a minimal approach, and Western Window Systems helped us achieve that approach.”


Huge banks of glass abound throughout the home, including one impressive five-panel window wall in the kitchen/dining area that measures 12 feet high by 24 feet wide. The black aluminum mullions on the top are hidden by drywall and on the bottom by the floor.


“The profile is amazing and pleasing to the eye,” says Merrill. “We like that Western Window Systems’ window wall residential product is made with a commercial thought.”


Another huge expanse of glass appears in the form of a massive pocketing multi-slide door in the main living area. This five-panel, floor-to-ceiling multi-slide seamlessly merges the living area to a fully furnished covered outdoor living space in the lush, green backyard. Complete with dining table, sitting area, wall-mounted TV, barbecue, and ceiling fan, this space truly is a seamless extension of the indoor living space when the multi-slide is open.


Directly across the living room, on the other side of the house, is a smaller 12-by-10-foot multi-slide that opens to a more private deck outfitted with two cute blue Adirondack chairs. With both multi-slides open, fresh air is allowed to course through nearly the entire home.


Merrill says these large Western Window Systems sliding glass doors fit in well with the energy-efficient design of the highly sustainable home, which is powered by rooftop solar panels and a geothermal heat pump and employs drip irrigation on the vast array of vegetation surrounding the home. A rainwater-collection system collects 90 percent of rain that lands on the roof and deposits in it an underground tank.


“The windows and doors have an effective thermal break,” he says. “And, of course, they work so well with the eye. It’s more than the homeowner could’ve hoped for.”

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