Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2008: 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.
P a p e r w o r k Asia Society’s Texas Center Designed to reflect the harmony and elegance of modern Asian architecture, the Asia Society’s Texas Center project was led by internationally celebrated Yoshio Taniguchi, the architect responsible for the 2004 expansion of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the $50 million two-story facility spans over 38,000 square feet and includes over 5,000 square feet of galleries and spacious foyers for public interaction, to encourage the Center’s objective of deepening cultural interactions between Asian and American societies. The refined exterior of the building is composed of Jura limestone and glass curtain walls with stainless steel and aluminum accents, carefully assembled to support Taniguchi’s adherence to simplicity of form, detail, and the incorporation of nature in design. Kendall / Heaton Associates of Houston is the architect of record, and Geoffrey J. Brune, AIA is the design liaison for the project. Construction is estimated to be complete in 2010. West 7th Street District Centered in the heart of Fort Worth’s Museum and Cultural District, an exciting new urban redevelopment has been designed by Good Fulton & Farrell Architects of Dallas. Spanning five city blocks, 900,000 square feet, and conveniently situated across University Drive from The Modern Art Museum, the mixed-use complex is projected to re-establish the West 7th Street area as a thriving entertainment and shopping district. The project includes multiple offices, retail space, grocery stores, theaters, multi-family residential units, health clubs, and a hotel. Residential units and parking spaces are located above ground-floor retail space to ensure that residents can thrive in the center of the action. Two outdoor plazas represent the central organizing focus of the site, providing open spaces for public interaction and strengthening a sense of community. The architecture is engaging and eclectic, with each different type of building seen as an opportunity for visual complexity and variety. Construction is projected to be complete in October 2009. Helix Pedestrian Bridge The globally acclaimed architectural firm RTKL Associates, of Dallas has designed a pedestrian bridge in Macao, China, called The Helix. Inspired by the cultural intersections of technology and nature, the 161 meter curvilinear footbridge stands 11 meters over a developing tropical garden and water park, connecting two shopping malls within a large mixed-use entertainment superstructure. Attention to the pedestrian’s walking experience is paramount in the design. An enclosed conditioned cabin provides a comfortable trek and shelter between buildings while contributing to the visual complexity of the exterior form. More importantly, the indirect shape of the path was designed using principles of Feng Shui to optimize the fluidity of human walking patterns and movement. In addition to serving the needs of pedestrians, the unique helical form stands as a timeless symbol of the technological achievements of the society as well as its natural growth patterns and advancement into the future. The bridge will be complete in early 2010. 7 / 8 2 0 0 8 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 29