Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2006: Place Making
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P O R T F O L I O : m i d - ri s e r e s i d e n ti a l Lofts On Post Oak project client Lofts on Post Oak, Houston The Hanover Company architects Wallace Garcia Wilson Architects, Inc.; Jackson & views of the surrounding urban landscape. The penthouselevel units have larger ceiling heights and continuous glaz- The Hanover Company residential units of the complex are situated in adjacent Marks and Salley (interiors); Raymond Engineering four-story structures. These lower buildings allow natural (MEP); SCA (structural); Carter & Burgess (civil); Kleinfelder, Inc. light to filter down onto the swimming pools and sunning (geotechnical); GWH (landscape); Rolf Jensen& Associates (fire decks located in each of six intimate courtyards. The use protection); HFP Acoustical Consultants (acoustical); SMS Lighting of several existing access roads minimizes the amount of Design (lighting) vehicular circulation. consultants 2 ing shaded by an aluminum sunscreen. The remaining 285 Ryan Arcitects contractor ing storefront in the units facing Post Oak provide dramatic photographer Architectural Photography a n d i 1 b e i e r m a n 3 Situated among the upscale shopping centers in Houston’s Galleria, Lofts on Post Oak provides a much-needed r e s o u r c e s unit pavers : residential center to complement the vibrant commercial Brown & Jordan, Landscape Forms, Rockwood; masonry units : Acme streetscape along Post Oak Boulevard. The complex, with a Brick; total of 351 residential units, includes an eight-story tower wall assemblies : that houses 66 units offering contemporary living environ- entrances and storefronts : ments opposite buildings designed by I.M. Pei, Cesar Pelli, tile : Thorntree Slate & Marble, Galaxy Stone; wood flooring : Pollmeier; and Philip Johnson. Strung along the tower’s sweeping special wall surfaces : Finestone Stucco; paints : ICI, Monarch, Sherwin simulated / manufactured stone : Williams; skyline views from each residence, while the floor-to-ceil- Scofield; roof : GAF 2 0 0 6 US Cast Stone; 4 unit masonry Southwest Concrete Products; traffic coating : GAF; facade, recessed balconies and oversized windows afford 1 1 / 1 2 Pavestone; site , street, and mall furnishings : Kawneer; metal windows : Alenco Windows; signage and graphics : Natural Graphics; stained concrete : ground Floor plan 1 8-story tower 2 surface parking 3 4-story building 4 parking garage N t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 47