Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2011: Arts & Science
Built around the theme of “Arts & Science,” the November/December 2011 edition of Texas Architect profiles the Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture; Waco Mammoth Site by Cotera+Reed Architects; East Village Lofts by Bercy Chen Studio; and Houston Ballet Center for Dance by Gensler. Also featured: winners of the 2011 Studio Awards: Bat House Visitor Center by Matt Fajkus, AIA, Jesse Rodriquez, and Bo Yoon; Living Module Deployable Housing by Andrew Bell and Noah Marciniak; OutHouse by Andrew Daley, Jason Fleming, and Peter Muessig; and SEEPZ Mumbai by William Truitt. News stories include: the 2011 TSA Honor Awards; restoration by PGAL of the Harris County Civil Courts Building; AIA Dallas and AIA Brazos Design Awards; Go-Green Assistance Center at UTB/TSC; and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge by Santiago Calatrava. There’s also an article on the temporary closing of the Nasher Sculpture Center skyspace by James Turrell, Tending (Blue).
A r t s & S c i e n c e s Inspired Inquiry The best architecture combines the rigor of scientific inquiry with the inspired explorations of art. Equal amounts of science and art produced the four projects profiled on the following pages—two designed for scientific research and two related to the arts. For the Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth, the architects of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture applied landscape elements to highlight the facility’s internal program. Cotera+Reed Architects took a less direct approach with its Waco Mammoth Site and designed an enclosure that reveals no clues as to its inner workings. Instead, the building’s peculiar form invites the curious to enter and see for themselves what’s inside. East Village Lofts, a mixed-use development in Austin designed by Bercy Chen Studio, dazzles the eye with an external array of sunshades inspired by the work of late Brazilian artist Helio Oiticica. Art is also on display at Gensler’s Houston Ballet Center for Dance, but it’s the activity inside rather than the building’s surface that draws attention to the new home of the city’s internationally renown dance company. S t e p h e n 1 1 / 1 2 2 0 1 1 S h a r p e , H o n . T S A t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 47