The Urban Reserve calls itself “a neighborhood of modern, single-family homes, designed by a select group of regionally and nationally recognized architects” with the goal of creating “a unique lifestyle founded on a synthesis of modern design, ready access to nature, a respect for the environment, and the good fortune of a rare and beautiful location.” That rare and beautiful location is fourteen hilly acres just outside of Dallas, and one of those modern single-family homes is the Chris Craft House designed by nationally recognized architect Vincent Snyder.
According to Inhabitat, the design of this home was influenced by the legendary Chris-Craft Boat (a favorite of guys like Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst). It features three bedrooms, three baths and a host of energy efficient appliances, as well as a high-efficiency underground Geo-Thermal HVAC system. Hot water is provided by on-demand systems, the windows feature low-E glazing, and a rainwater catchment system takes care of landscape irrigation.
Urban Reserve’s 50-home planned development has already been half-sold and features designs from architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien, KieranTimberlake, as well. As “a neighborhood where the common thread between residents is a passion for modern architecture”, Urban Reserve just goes to show that the future of architecture is eco.