Texas Architect May/June 2007: San Antonio
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.
p o r t f o l i o : i n t e r i o r d e s i g n Morris Architects project client Morris Architects Corporate Headquarters, Houston Morris Architects architect Morris Architects contractor W.S. Bellows consultant Redding Linden Burr (MEP) photographer ground Floor plan 1 elevator lobby 2 reception 3 conference 4 collaboration area 5 library 6 cafe Joe Aker, Aker/Zvonkovic 6 5 In designing its new corporate headquarters, Morris Architects created a space that reflects the 70-year-old firm’s sophisticated background as well as its contem- 3 porary vision for the future. Completed in January 2006, 4 the 27,000-sf facility showcases materials, furniture, 1 2 and staff talent integral to the company’s core services of design and creativity. Morris was both the original and renovation designer for First City Tower, a 50-story modernist icon built in 1981 and updated in 2005. The site provided its own theme for the firm’s interior design promote project organization. The design team used high- team to build on: letting the classic and contemporary efficiency lighting, recycled materials, and pre-existing exist in balanced contrast. The Houston office’s interior is furnishings to demonstrate the value of sustainable design based on timeless neutral elements, while bold colors and to visiting clients. strong shapes serve as accents that can be easily updated jeanette wiemers 4 to echo current trends. In the elevator lobby, the design incorporates some original stainless steel elements as a r e s o u r c e s stone : reference to the building’s history. Comfortable, casual Ironworks; architectural woodwork : Buffalo Cabinet Shop; specialty multi-use lounges and work spaces, as well as formal doors : conference rooms featuring walls of pivoting glass panels, carpet tile : encourage employee collaboration. The flexible spaces Polygal; acoustical ceilings : USG; pathway facilitate future expansion, and inventive storage solutions linoleum flooring : 5 / 6 2 0 0 7 4 American Stone; architectural metal work : Berger Houston Glass; entrances and storefronts : Shaw Contract; glass : Houston Glass; Houston Glass; walls : plastic glazing : Steelcase-McCoy; Forbo; signage and graphics : Morris Architects t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 59