Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2006: Design Awards
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
Methodist Healthcare Ministries project client Methodist Healthcare Ministries, San Antonio Methodist Healthcare Ministries architect Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc. Gautam K. Dey, AIA; John H. Kell, Jr., FAIA; Geoffrey design team S. Edwards, AIA contractor Keller-Martin Organization consultants Lundy & Franke Engineering (structural); Goet- ting & Associates (MEP); Bury + Partners (civil); Rialto Studio (landscape) R. Greg Hursley; Chris Cooper; Paul Hester photographers resources precast architectural concrete : Redondo Manufactur- ing; architectural woodwork : Kenneth Moore; roof and deck insulation : Samuel Dean Roofing; membrane roofing : Johns-Manville; structural glass curtainwall : Arrowall; tile : Daltile; exterior sun control devices : Arrowall; metal ceiling : Gordon, Inc. (Specified Interiors, dist.); a c o u s tic wall panels : ceilings : 62 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t The architect’s commission for a new building to house the largest charitable religious foundation in South Texas was based upon the designers’ ability to represent the visionary culture of Methodist “works.” The client asked for a headquarters that would represent the purity and simplicity of the foundation’s calling to help the poor with healthcare while quietly asserting its importance to the region. The site, at a major intersection within the Medical Center Complex, slopes away from the top of a hill. The site was raised to give the building a notable presence. Three basic materials – pre-cast and cast-in-place concrete, transparent glass, and aluminum – were used for the sake of simplicity. The result is a building of pure white set against the sky, with transparent public spaces that evoke light and enlightenment. The vertical progression is significantly represented in the building’s geometry. The building forms a courtyard, creating a contemplative space at the center of the plan. Decoustics (Specified Interiors, dist.); stairwell Hunter Douglas (Specified Interiors, dist.) 9 / 1 0 2 0 0 6