The Village Executive Suites, an artfully designed office complex, started when Jeremy Wells toured an empty, nondescript five-bedroom house and saw not what it was, but what it could be. "The house had sat on the market for years. As a house, it wasn't really working, it didn't seem to fit in that neighborhood. But I saw straight through the walls and saw what I could make it." It took 12 months of renovations, but when the complex opened, there were no traces of it having once been a home. Or of it being nondescript. Wells' artistic and design talents had transformed the building into a cutting edge business space.
"Houston doesn't need another boring office space," says Wells. "I want to reach solo-preneurs, to give them a space where the dog's not barking and the kids aren't screaming. But more than that, I want to give them something that would reflect their contemporary attitudes."
Wells says he wants Village Executive Suites to be a place that's inspiring without being overwhelming, where people are encouraged to look at ideas, and not just the art and architecture around them.
The complex is used by clients needing office space for short intervals, so it would have been easy for Wells to let aesthetics taking priority over functionality. His approach was to find a happy balance between the two. "Caring about how things look over how they function might make good art, but it doesn't make good architecture," he tells us."I let the space tell me what it needs. I start off with 'what does this space want to be? What does this space require?' I think about how it's going to be used and who's going to use it.
"My style is important, but I can't create something with just my own sense of taste in mind. I have to create something that the client is going to be happy with, going to be able to use."
The complex seems larger than it really is because of it's efficient and multi-purposed design. The offices and meeting rooms are smaller than business spaces have traditionally been in the past. "Historically we used to have large office to store the business stuff, more and more companies are moving to storing their documents on servers. There just isn't as much paper in offices any more," Wells explains.
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Wells says he added pops of color throughout the building to inspire creativity, keeping in mind that too much color would be overwhelming. The stairwell, for example, features a spot of bright green. Wells designed the sculptural chandelier that hangs over the stairwell. It's a mix of glass, plastics, acrylics and metal elements. Large dangling silver nodes hang from a colorful striped glass pane of glass.
Artwork hung throughout the complex provides more color. Wells, an artist by trade, has a series of art exhibits scheduled for the building, transforming the complex into a public gallery. The next exhibit is "Henry Membreño: New Works," hosted by Wells' art and design firm Imago Dei.
Wells is planning a second phase of remodeling, adding office space, another conference room, lounge, and a communal office).
The Village Executive Suites is located at 2525 Robinhood Street. For more information, please visit the suites' website or call 281-953-7477.