The Grove in Houston, Texas by architect Larry Speck

The Grove

The Grove is set prominently within Discovery Green park, Houston's new 12-acre urban oasis.  The restaurant architecture takes inspiration from a magnificent, double row of live oak trees that have long inhabited the site.  Indoor and outdoor dining spaces are strung long and thin, just to the south of the oak alley.  Each room has a slightly different vista into the tree canopy, through huge expanses of glass that also admit soft north light.  Broken into a series of smaller parts defined by…

Rough Creek Lodge in Glen Rose, Texas by architect Larry Speck

Rough Creek Lodge

Positioned on a high ridge with commanding views of a lake, mature live oaks and the rounded peak of Chalk Mountain, Rough Creek Lodge is the focus of an 11,000-acre ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The buildings sit long and low, hugging the contours of the hill and nestling into existing trees to form a continuous mass of natural and manmade forms that rim the brow of the promontory. Public spaces and dining are as engage the natural landscape at every opportunity, providing sunny spaces…