The 550,000-sf historic Barbara Jordan Post Office in Houston’s downtown Theatre District will soon become POST Houston, a mixed-use development that will include a concert venue, restaurants, bars, an international market hall, flexible co-working space, and, according to project developer Lovett Commercial, a rooftop park and farm that will be one of the largest in the world.
The adaptive reuse project will combine arts, entertainment, creative workspaces, dining, and retail. The design will engage the city at multiple levels, from the Bayou and streetscape to the warehouse and roof.
Three atriums will be excavated from the existing structural grid and will bring light deep inside the building. Each of these atriums will be covered with Houston’s first ETFE roof system and defined by large staircases that link the building’s different layers.
Sitting atop the building is the Skylawn, a five-acre (210,000), Hoerr Schaudt-designed rooftop park and sustainable organic farm. The Skylawn will include multiple dining and event venues, recreation and open spaces, and a stage for events. Restaurants within POST Houston will be able to source ingredients from the farm for a “rooftop-to-table” experience.
Phase One of the project began construction in September 2018.