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Morris Architects project client

Morris Architects Corporate Headquarters, Houston

Morris Architects


Morris Architects


W.S. Bellows


Redding Linden Burr (MEP)


ground Floor plan 1 elevator lobby 2 reception 3 conference 4 collaboration area 5 library 6 cafe

Joe Aker, Aker/Zvonkovic



In designing its new corporate headquarters, Morris Architects created a space that reflects the 70-year-old firm’s sophisticated background as well as its contem-


porary vision for the future. Completed in January 2006,


the 27,000-sf facility showcases materials, furniture,



and staff talent integral to the company’s core services of design and creativity. Morris was both the original and renovation designer for First City Tower, a 50-story modernist icon built in 1981 and updated in 2005. The site provided its own theme for the firm’s interior design

promote project organization. The design team used high-

team to build on: letting the classic and contemporary

efficiency lighting, recycled materials, and pre-existing

exist in balanced contrast. The Houston office’s interior is

furnishings to demonstrate the value of sustainable design

based on timeless neutral elements, while bold colors and

to visiting clients.

strong shapes serve as accents that can be easily updated

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to echo current trends. In the elevator lobby, the design incorporates some original stainless steel elements as a

r e s o u r c e s stone :

reference to the building’s history. Comfortable, casual

Ironworks; architectural woodwork : Buffalo Cabinet Shop; specialty

multi-use lounges and work spaces, as well as formal

doors :

conference rooms featuring walls of pivoting glass panels,

carpet tile :

encourage employee collaboration. The flexible spaces

Polygal; acoustical ceilings : USG; pathway

facilitate future expansion, and inventive storage solutions

linoleum flooring :

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American Stone; architectural metal work : Berger

Houston Glass;

entrances and storefronts :

Shaw Contract;

glass :

Houston Glass;

Houston Glass; walls :

plastic glazing :


Forbo; signage and graphics : Morris Architects

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Texas Architect May/June 2007: San Antonio