Research and Office Campus for Confidential Client Houston, Texas, USA
Design competition: 2015
This multi-phased plan creates a new research
Each office floor is slightly tiered to shade
and office campus for an international
the floor below it. Metallic screens along the
facade mitigate solar heat gain.
Located on a suburban site west of Houston,
Employees and visitors enter the site from
the project’s first phase includes an office
different access points. Employees enter
building, laboratory and warehouse buildings,
from the west and access a parking structure
parking structures and employee amenities
connected to the office building. Visitors
including a fitness center, a basketball court,
approach from the south, following a tree-
tennis courts and walking trails.
lined drive with a water feature that leads to a guest parking area. An indentation in the
The office building serves as a focal point
office building’s south facade defines the
and gateway to the campus. A free-flowing
entry and draws visitors into the atrium.
design wraps the building around the primary amenities to form a community space. At the
Lush landscaping, water features and trees
center of the building, a shared auditorium,
embrace the site’s suburban context and
dining area and terrace connect employees
reduce the project’s perceived scale. To
and visitors to the natural landscape. An
accommodate future expansion, the site’s
atrium links the office and community spaces.
north-south orientation allows for additional development to the west.
The design of the building’s layered massing and facade help manage the solar conditions.
◄ view of lobby
2016 design annual
750,000 sq. ft. / 69,680 sq. m.
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