Texas Architect May/June 2012: Urban Design
This “Urban Design” edition’s four features do not deal with urban design as typified by comprehensive plans for large swaths of urban environment. Rather, they represent four works of architecture that, by virtue of where they are, play important roles in a broader urban context.
72 Texas Architect 5/6 2012 Resources GYPSUM : Owens Corning ; TILE : DalTile ; PAINT : Sherwin Williams ; CARPET : InterfaceFLOR ; WRITEABLE WALL COVERINGS : Wall Talkers (Wallcoverings International) ; OPERABLE PARTITIONS/ DESKS/CONFERENCE TABLES : Teknion ; RUBBER BASE : Roppe ; SOLID SURFACING : Eco by Constantino ; TASK CHAIRS : SitOnIt (JMC Associates) Portfolio: Interiors F DW CHROME GIFMAP Clean Line Energy Partners Project Clean Line Energy, Houston Client Clean Line Energy Architect Kirksey Architecture Design team Brian Malarkey, FAIA; Lisa Alfonso, AIA; Jeff Chapman, AIA; Stacy Odom Contractor D.E. Harvey Builders Consultants T&D Engineers (mep); Ttweak (graph- ics/marketing/brand imaging/iconography); Telios (commissioning) Photographer Aker/Zvonkovic Photography Designed by Kirksey Architecture, Clean Line Energy Partners in downtown Houston is a 6,700-sf space housing an electricity transmis- sion company that develops electrical transmis- sion lines connecting wind farms to urban areas. Several factors guided the design, including a limited budget of $350,000. The client desired a sustainable, historic headquarters building with a design that would reflect the company’s fresh, hip brand. To accomplish these goals, Kirksey reno- vated space in the City National Bank building (1947) and transferred Clean Line’s marketing collateral concepts to the building’s interior via color and imagery. Interior building columns are covered with manipulated photographic images of power lines and transformers, complement- ing the client’s black and white, rock and roll photography collection. Backsplashes and walls reinterpret Clean Line’s logo and color scheme. Finishes, lighting, and corporate branding con- tinue into the common-area corridor. Due to the small budget, pre-owned filing units, worksta- tions, and demountable partitions were selected without compromising the quality of the interior design. Sustainable features include low-flow aerators for sinks and showers; low-flow toilets; shower facilities and bike storage to encourage employ- ees to take non-automobile transportation; efficient lighting that reduces the lighting power density by 44%; and on-site recycling of glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, and paper. Ninety percent of construction debris was diverted from a landfill. The project is LEED Gold certified. Noelle Heinze FLOOR PLAN 1 RECEPTION 2 CONFERENCE 3 INTERVIEW ROOM 4 BREAK ROOM 5 WORK AREA 6 WAR ROOM 7 BIKE STORAGE 8 SERVER ROOM 1 2 2 3 4 5 5 6 7 8