Steven Holl unveils design for $450 million redevelopment of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts

Holl designed the campus’ north side to be a pedestrian-centered cultural hub on a lively landscape with ample underground parking. 

January 13, 2015 |

The Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s redevelopment, budgeted for $450 million, is “buoyed by some of the largest donations in the city’s history,” the Houston Chronicle reported.

Two new buildings will be constructed, designed by Steven Holl Architects, to complement the existing structures. The new extension will be named the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, after the Texas billionaire who donated $70 million for the project. Another hefty donation is the $50 million from the museum’s board chairman, Richard Kinder, and his wife, Nancy.

Holl designed the campus’ north side to be a pedestrian-centered cultural hub on a lively landscape with ample underground parking. One new structure planned, which the Chronicle dubbed the redevelopment’s “most prominent,” is the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, a 164,000-sf, three-story structure shaped like a puzzle piece with a luminous canopy.

“It’s all about shaping space,” Holl told the Chronicle. “The collection of buildings there is already outstanding. It’s very delicate, not a site that calls for over-exuberance.”

More on the design at the Houston Chronicle.

 

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