‘TRON: Legacy’ lives on in this futuristic Dallas home


Michael Shaun Jackson found inspiration in a somewhat unlikely place: the 2010 movie “TRON: Legacy” a dystopian film set nearly 30 years in the future.

The design of the futuristic film fascinated Mr. Jackson, 49, who works in the construction industry. “I was fascinated by the geometric shapes, clean lines, LED lighting accents,” he says.

Jackson and his wife, Andrea Ganesh Jackson, 33, a software engineer, bought a 1,500-square-foot demolition house on 0.18 acres in the Greenway Parks neighborhood of Dallas in 2018 for $286,000 and started work on what is an ambitious, futuristic new home. would become. to build.

The resulting home, designed by Mr. Jackson, was a departure from the original plan, which was to build a more modest, albeit futuristic, home on a smaller budget of $800,000. The Jacksons’ home, completed in the fall of 2020, ended up costing $1.35 million.

Michael Shaun Jackson and his wife, Andrea Ganesh Jackson, in front of a porcelain fireplace in the living room of the house. The bookmatched porcelain cost $25,000.

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“The cost has changed dramatically because I had access to 3D design programs that a friend of mine was experimenting with,” says Mr. Jackson. “I kept brainstorming and came up with cool ideas to test in the program, and they tested so well that I had to implement them in the actual build.”

The house has three bedrooms and 3″ bathrooms and is a total of 4,120 square feet. In the primary bath, the centerpiece – a floating tub lit by LED and titanium fire glass – was inspired by an image Mr. Jackson saw in a design magazine. The light colors can change and pulse, just in case, says Mr. Jackson, “we want to have a disco bath party.”

Three objects dominate the living room: a motorized 75-inch Sony television built into the living room floor that retracts when not in use; a serpentine custom sofa—one of several pieces of furniture Mr. Jackson designed especially for the house; and a white 2021 Ferrari F8 Tributo Spider with red leather interior.

“Ferrari are an Italian masterpiece of engineering and design,” says Mr. Jackson, “and I love looking at them, driving them and racing them.” The car, he says, is technically in the three-car garage, which can be viewed through a large window that acts as one of the living room walls.

Plates of bookmatched porcelain hang above the fireplace. On the ground floor of the house, solid porcelain floor tiles measuring 32 by 32 inches provide an icy look that forms the boundary between mausoleum and space capsule.

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The kitchen has quartzite and more Italian porcelain worktops, extending into the floor, as well as Miele appliances. The design took notes more directly from the movie, borrowed from an air-security transport spaceship known as the Recognizer; a satin black diamond panel exhaust system is designed to resemble the spaceship itself.

A dining area has crystal chairs and an alligator-embossed table, both from Fendi Casa, and is lit from above by an Italian Murano glass chandelier, intended to look like it’s melting. “You can see these chairs from most vantage points of the house,” says Mr. Jackson. “They add to the overall futuristic look and feel.”

Fitted with Miele appliances and quartzite worktops, the kitchen takes its design cues from an air-security transport spaceship from ‘TRON: Legacy’ known as the Recognizer. Cost of Worksheets: $12,000; Cost of Miele appliances: $38,000

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A game room has custom tufted turquoise walls and floors with carpeting in a zebra print. Here shows Mr. Jackson’s AC/DC, Kiss and Iron Maiden pinball machines, as well as a Gibson Custom Flying V Guitar.

The Jacksons have a sense of humor about the house. “I know how exaggerated it is,” says Mr. Jackson. “On the weekends, when I’m home, I just kind of walk around the house and check it out.” mr. Jackson acknowledges that his Tron-esque build may not be for everyone. “I’m an eccentric man,” he says.


Mr. Jackson says friends and family also enjoy the home’s lively atmosphere, as well as what the couple calls the “conversation pit,” a sunken fire pit and water feature in the home’s backyard that serves as a gathering space. While many Dallas homes have pools, the Jacksons decided not to add one. “Everyone is always drinking cocktails and socializing, and no one really gets in the pool,” said Mr. Jackson. “We put the fireplace in, we put pillows and stuff. People use it.”

The choices they made at home, they say, are easier to empathize with than others may think. “It’s comfortable, believe it or not,” says Mr. Jackson. “There is a very good energy in it. It’s very bright. Many windows. We enjoy living here.”

While the dream of stepping into the future was initially Mr. Jackson, Ms. Jackson says she, too, shares his aesthetic. “We both have the same preferences and tastes in architecture and design and fashion,” she says. “So everything he designed I loved.” However, she says she could use a little more closet space.

“I really wasn’t going to get this out of hand and be so ambitious in a design,” says Mr. jackson. “If I had known I was going to spend this kind of money to build such a large house and then do all these design features, I would have bought a bigger lot.”

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