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.
9 / 10 2 0 0 6 texas architect 81 MiCA RTKL Associates A new 121,500-sq. ft. student housing for the Maryland Institute College of Art will serve as a gateway to the campus. The building includes living modules, art studios, a gallery, a black- box theater, and a career development center. This design intends to challenge the way the community perceives art. We want the students and the school to transcend traditional bound- aries and change the way one thinks about art. This scheme offers opportunities for both the students and the school to express themselves by going beyond traditional artistic mediums. MICA is made up of a unique and diverse group of creative individuals, and the place they live should reflect this distinct personality and character. Houston Skyscraper Michael Kross, student at Rice University Increased mobility in communications and transportation has seen the traditional central business district lose favor to peripheral cen- ters. Nowhere is this trend more salient than in Houston, where at least one of the motivations for building tall no longer applies. This project takes as its premise that for a skyscraper to develop it must be motivated by a new factor: its potential to house a wide variety of spatial con- ditions, sizes, and programs, all within a very high density and small footprint. This design encompasses 1,260,000 square feet. With this in mind the project is sited in the Greenspoint district of Houston in close proximity to George Bush Intercontinental Airport at the intersec- tion of I-45 and Beltway 8. The site’s value is its proximity to the airport and economic potential for travel-related businesses, housing, retail, and entertainment.