The River Oaks

by Rottet Studio


Project Size: 23,225.76 square meters
Budget: Confidential

The River Oaks condominiums is a 250,000 square-foot luxury condominium offering exclusive high-rise living in the heart of Houston’s most prestigious neighborhood.
Originally designed in the early 1960s, the mid-century building became iconic for its exclusive address, expansive grounds, and Miesian-style architecture. The landmark building is being transformed to meet 21st-century expectations while retaining the integrity of the legacy building and evoking an elegant, contemporary and sophisticated lifestyle reflective of the neighborhood.

The River Oaks has been carefully designed to exhibit a modernist point of view - allowing the outside to flow seamlessly inside so that interior and exterior space are seen as one and acting as a minimal backdrop to the owner’s own collection of objects. The architecture and design offer a welcome retreat from the hard edges of the urban landscape without sacrificing the benefits of in-town living. In an homage to the original mid-century design, the interiors feature slabs of limestone and book-matched wood walls, marble floors with metal inlay and antiques juxtaposed with fine modern art in the lobby. Lush landscaping and resort-style panache provide a private oasis of luxury that transitions seamlessly from outside to inside. The project celebrates and embraces the streamlined modern nature of the building, yet enhance it with the glory that it should have originally had.

The River Oaks epitomizes Houston’s refined taste in and love of both contemporary and vintage design. The approach to unit design features expansive floor plans and ample natural light, creating an added sense of relaxation in the heart of the city. The model, furnished with the finest hand crafted contemporary living, dining and bedroom furniture complimented with vintage lounge chairs, coffee tables and accessories, is intentionally minimal allowing the potential home owner to fill in the blanks and envision their own style within the space.


Rottet Studio is an international architecture and design firm with an extensive portfolio of corporate, hospitality, residential and maritime projects for the world’s leading companies and brands. In the last decade, Founder Lauren Rottet, FAIA, FIIDA has developed Rottet Studio into one of the finest interior design practices in the United States, which is consistently ranked among the corporate and hospitality Top 100 Design Giants by Interior Design magazine and was recently recognized as one of the Top 3 Most Admired Design Firms in the World by Interior Design magazine.

The WBE-certified firm boasts more than 60 million square feet of built design and a vast array of award-winning projects and furniture designs. The firm’s principals have worked together for over 35 years offering a broad range of services including architecture and interior design, furniture design, graphic design, product design, branding and art selection.
Rottet Studio is known in the marketplace as innovators, not followers. Reflecting a desire to improve the human experience through the built environment.

Rottet Studio provides innovative architectural solutions characterized by precise attention to detail with a direct response to the client’s brand and project goals. Through thoughtful design, we deliver environments that not only satisfy our clients’ needs, but allow them to achieve a level of enjoyment and success beyond their expectations because we create more efficient, less expensive, healthier, and in the long run, much better investments through timeless sustainable design.