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.
5/6 2007 texas architect 59 project Morris Architects Corporate Headquarters, Houston client Morris Architects architect Morris Architects contractor W.S. Bellows consultant Redding Linden Burr (MEP) photographer Joe Aker, Aker/Zvonkovic 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- porary vision for the future. completed in January 2006, the 27,000-sf facility showcases materials, furniture, 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 team to build on: letting the classic and contemporary exist in balanced contrast. the houston office’s interior is based on timeless neutral elements, while bold colors and strong shapes serve as accents that can be easily updated to echo current trends. in the elevator lobby, the design incorporates some original stainless steel elements as a reference to the building’s history. comfortable, casual multi-use lounges and work spaces, as well as formal conference rooms featuring walls of pivoting glass panels, encourage employee collaboration. the flexible spaces facilitate future expansion, and inventive storage solutions resources stone : American Stone; architectural metal work : Berger Ironworks; architectural woodwork : Buffalo Cabinet Shop; specialty doors : Houston Glass; entrances and storefronts : Houston Glass; carpet tile : Shaw Contract; glass : Houston Glass; plastic glazing : Polygal; acoustical ceilings : USG; pathway walls : Steelcase-McCoy; linoleum flooring : Forbo; signage and graphics : Morris Architects ground Floor plan 1 elevator lobby 2 reception 3 conference 4 collaboration area 5 library 6 cafe 1 3 4 4 4 5 2 6 portfolio: interior design Morris Architects promote project organization. the design team used high- efficiency lighting, recycled materials, and pre-existing furnishings to demonstrate the value of sustainable design to visiting clients. jeanette wiemers