Architecture That Is Coming During 2013 In Texas

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Photo: Casey Dunn

Say what you will about Texas, but you can’t deny that they do things Big in the Lone Star state. And while it’s better known for its hearty embrace of sports, guns, and barbecue or for tech venues like South by Southwest and art and entertainment hot spots like Marfa and Austin, Texas has long been a champion of contemporary architecture.

Beyond its share of canonical modern buildings, which includes Louis Kahn’s Kimbell Arts Center, the Rothko Chapel, Renzo Piano’s Menil Collection, and to a lesser extent, Tadao Ando’s Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, the state has been at the forefront of some of the industry’s most ambitious building programs and buildings. These current developments are reflected by urban projects like Dallas’ new Arts District and bold architectural experiments such as James Turrell’s “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace or even RdlR Architects’ Houston Food Bank, which explores the sociological impact of good design at the quotidian scale.

There is, of course, a lot more to discover about Texas’ architecture, and so, with the help of Texas Society of Architects, we’ve rounded up (ha) the best buildings of the last few years that have significantly changed the landscape of the country’s (second) biggest state. 

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Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Client: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
Architect: Morphosis Architects
Location: Dallas, TX
Completion date: 2012
Photography: Craig D. Blackmon, FAIA

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science aims to set a new standard for the integration of architecture and landscape architecture. Designed by Morphosis, the museum features a 54-ft, continuous-flow escalator contained in a 150-ft glass tube-like structure that projects from the building’s facade. The structure rises from a plinth — created in collaboration with Dallas-based landscape architects Talley Associates — that reflects the diversity of Texas landscapes.

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University of Texas at Dallas Campus Landscape Architecture
Client: The University of Texas at Dallas
Architect: PWP Landscape Architecture
Location: Dallas, TX
Completion Date: 2010
Photography: PWP Landscape Architecture

A one-acre trellis in the heart of the University of Texas at Dallas provides ample shade from the Texas sun and unifies the campus’ new landscape design. San Francisco-based PWP Landscape Architecture worked to stitch together the entire campus and created a series of five long reflecting pools that stretch from a life-size chess board to the trellis.

Kimber Modern - Baldridge Architects

Kimber Modern
Client: Kimber Cavendish and Vicki Faust
Architect: Burton Baldridge Architects
Location: Austin, TX
Completion Date: 2008
Photography: Casey Dunn

The roughly 12,000-sf triangular site that is now the home of the Kimber Modern Bed & Breakfast is located in the historic neighborhood of Travis Heights in Austin. Baldridge Architects designed a building that is “hard on the outside with a sweet center.” The cementitious board rain screen that defines the street facade provides little hint of the transparent courtyard facades that look out onto the trees.

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City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department Pavilions: Cotillion Pavilion
Client: City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department
Architects: Mell Lawrence Architects
Location: Dallas, TX
Completion Date: 2011
Photography: Mell Lawrence, FAIA

The City of Dallas Parks and Recreation Department is working to revitalize 107 park pavilions built in the 1920s, 30s, and 60s. Rehabilitation of the deteriorated structures and the construction of new shade-friendly pavilions, like the Cotillion Pavilion, have resulted in delightful and durable designs throughout Dallas’ parks.


Lubbock Arts District Firehouse
Client: Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts
Architect: Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (now Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture) in collaboration with Lubbock-based Condray Design Group
Location: Lubbock, TX
Completion date: 2004
Photography: Tom Kessler Photography

The rehabilitation of an abandoned fire station by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (now Holzman Moss Bottino Architecture) has spurred the redevelopment of an entire district in Lubbock. Now a center for studios, galleries, and live/work spaces, the Lubbock Arts District has become a destination in the city. The campus covers four square blocks of a former warehouse district and houses 64,000-sf of space dedicated to the arts.

Sabine Hall - Richland College

Richland College, Sabine Hall Science Building
Client: Dallas Community College District
Architect: Perkins + Will Architects
Location: Dallas, TX
Completion date: 2010
Photography: Charles Davis Smith, AIA

Sabine Hall marks a new era for the Richland Campus of Dallas Community College. The building breaks from tradition by fronting the parking lots rather than the campus’ lake. This orientation has delineated a new east-west mall that is a clear, engaging entry to the campus. Additional entries and stairs allow for easy access throughout the building’s exterior.

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The Houston Food Bank
Client: The Houston Food Bank
Architect: RdlR Architects
Location: Houston, TX
Completion date:
Photography: Slyworks Photography

Nestled in a warehouse district outside of downtown, the Houston Food Bank building gleams with its spirited green color and metal cladding. RdlR Architects designed the 308,000-sf facility as a place that promotes the notion of hope in an energetic, efficient, and non-discriminatory workplace, while also acting as a good steward for the environment.

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“Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace
Client: Rice University
Artist: James Turrell
Location: Houston, TX
Completion: 2012
Photography: Casey Dunn

Constructed of grass, concrete, stone and composite steel, the “Twilight Epiphany” Skyspace by James Turrell is lighting up Rice University in Houston. The pyramid-like structure is equipped with LED lights that illuminate its 72-sf knife-edge roof at sunrise and sunset, transforming it with hues of blue and pink.

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Student Activities Center
Client: University of Texas at Austin
Architect: Overland Partners
Location: Austin, TX
Completion date: 2012
Photography: Chris Cooper Photography

Overland Partners of San Antonio pushed the design envelope for campus architecture at the University of Texas at Austin with the new Student Activities Center. The distinctly modern building features open, light-filled interiors defined by flexible mixed-use/multifunctional spaces that respond to the needs of today’s multitasking students.

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TCCD Trinity River East Campus (TREC)
Client: Tarrant County College District
Architect: Bing Thom Architects with Bennett Benner Petit (formerly GideonToal)
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Completion date: 2011
Photography: Nic Lehoux

The new Tarrant County College East Campus is on a bluff overlooking Trinity River. Bing Thom Architects designed the campus around a sunken plaza that connects the city to the river trails. Elongated structures rise around the plaza and are clad in charcoal-gray precast concrete panels to evoke geological formations.

Haven for Hope Of Bexar County

Haven for Hope
Client: Haven for Hope of Bexar County
Architect: Overland Partners | Architects/OCO Architects
Location: San Antonio, TX
Completion date: 2008
Photography: Hester+Hardaway Photographers

Haven for Hope Homeless Transitional Center is a groundbreaking projected aimed at ameliorating homelessness in San Antonio. The largest homeless shelter in the nation, the center encompasses 37 acres. It consists of 15 buildings and has 500,000-sf of program space, 998 beds, and a 500-person-capacity open courtyard.

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Tellespsen Family Downtown YMCA
Client: Greater YMCA of Houston
Architect: Kirksey Architecture
Location: Houston, TX
Completion date: 2011
Photography: Thomas McConnell

Aspiring to move in a more “family-friendly” direction, the YMCA replaced an existing structure in downtown Houston with a new 115,000-sf facility flooded with natural light. Designed by Kirksey Architecture, the LEED Gold-Certified building has a 40-ft fritted-glass curtain wall that serves as a window onto the streets below and a showcase for the healthy activity inside.

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Block 21
Client: Stratus Properties
Architect: Andersson-Wise Architects
Location: Austin, TX
Completion date: 2010 – 2011
Photography: Andrew Pogue Photography

Located on Second Street in Austin, TX, Block 21 is a mixed-use development that includes the new home of Austin City Limits, the W-hotel, and condominium residences, as well as office and retail spaces. The slender 37-story tower rises above a lower podium that features restaurants at the street level and a staircase to the ACL theater directly above.



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