Office Building Design Competition 211
Houston, Texas, USA
The design for this ofﬁce building, centrally
devices. The facade provides solar protection
located within Houston’s prominent Uptown
and privacy while allowing for large expanses
District, complements the dynamic urban
of ﬂoor-to-ceiling glass.
neighborhood. Nearly 90,000 square feet of amenity space Home to more than 180,000 residents and
includes a grand lobby designed to reﬂect
28 million square feet of ofﬁce space within a
the aesthetics of a world-renowned hotel.
three-mile radius, Houston’s Uptown District is
Ground-ﬂoor retail space, a conference center
known for its “live, work, shop” lifestyle.
and a ﬁtness facility support the developer’s goal of attracting and retaining tenants by
Situated directly adjacent to Houston’s light
promoting work-life balance.
rail line, the three-acre parcel provides access to The Galleria, Memorial Park, Hermann
A 12-level (two ﬂoors below grade and 10
Park and the Houston Medical Center.
ﬂoors above grade) parking podium features a
Each proposed design scenario focuses on
rooftop terrace offering views of downtown.
maximizing visibility while helping to deﬁne the downtown Houston landscape.
The design preserves many existing large trees, integrating the tower into the
The 24-story tower has an innovative curtain
surrounding landscape and creating a
wall system featuring transparent, full-height
lush canopy for the enjoyment of tenants
vision glass, spandrel glass, a reﬂective
glazing system and exterior sun control
◄ view from southeast
2015 design annual
620,000 sq. ft. / 57,600 sq. m.