Texas Architect March/April 2012: Destinations
Destinations represent different points of arrival, whether a temporary stopping place during a student’s busy day on campus or destinations for entertainment and cultural events.Of particular note is the destination for dignitaries from around the world who will travel to Houston in mid-April for the official unveilingof the Asia Society Texas Center, previewedon page 44. Yoshio Taniguchi’s design for the$48.4 million building establishes the New York based Asia Society (founded in 1956 by John D.Rockefeller III to educate the public about Asia)with its first branch between the two coasts. Thefour-day celebration culminates with a free openhouse on April 14-15 for the public, featuringtours, food, and performances, as well as theopening of Treasures of Asian Art: A RockefellerLegacy, a temporary exhibition of works from theMr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection atAsia Society New York.
Delight in Restraint by Jeffrey Brown, AIA Project Asia Society Texas Center, Houston Client Asia Society Texas Center Design Architect Taniguchi and Associates Architect of Record Kendall/Heaton Associates Design Team Yoshio Taniguchi; Hui Min Liaw; Laurence Burns, Jr., AIA; Nobuhiko Shoga, AIA; Maggie Wooldridge, AIA; Charlton Meyers, AIA; Sharon Giles, AIA; Marjpry Alexander, AIA Contractor W.S. Bellows Construction Corp. Consultants Project Control (project manager); GBA Architecture (design liaison); Ingenium (structural); CHPA Consulting Engineers (MEPFP/security/telecom/ data); Walter P Moore (civil); Office of James Burnett (landscape); Fisher Marantz Stone (lighting); Minor Design Group (graphics); Theatre Projects Consultants (theater); Waterscape Consultants (water feature); Shen Milsom & Wilke (multimedia); Curtain Wall Design & Consulting (curtain wall); Persohn/Hahn Associates (vertical transportation); Ulrich Engineers (geotechnical) Photographer Hester & Hardaway 44 Texas Architect 3/4 2012