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Office Building Design Competition 211

Houston, Texas, USA

Competition: 2014

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

and pedestrians.

glazing system and exterior sun control

◄ view from southeast

2015 design annual

620,000 sq. ft. / 57,600 sq. m.


2015 HOK Design Annual