Located on a 1.5 acre parcel in Houston’s Museum District, the 38,000 square foot Asia Society Texas Center is sited to take advantage of the distant Houston skyline. The Center will use Arts and Cultural programming to promote the bonds of cultural understanding within the greater Houston community.
Visitors to the center will be welcomed by a landscape that adheres to a thoughtfully executed minimalist ethic. The Front Yard includes a simple plane of ground cover and heritage oaks that frame views to the main entry and serves as a venue for special events. At the rear of the building, a grove of bald cypress forms a vertical hedge that holds the views to the second level Stone Garden.
A series of three individual gardens are located on the second level of the building. The Water Garden features a skin of water that reflects shadows from two heritage oaks and distant Houston skyline. The Stone Garden is a simple plane of gravel and vertical bamboo that serves as a backdrop to rotating pieces of sculpture at the center. The Sculpture Garden includes a sloped carpet of ground cover with stone sculptures carefully placed in composition.
Team: Yoshiu Taniguchi and AssociatesKendall Heaton AssociatesGBA Architecture DesignIngenium, Inc.CHPA Consulting Engineers, Inc.Walter P. MooreFisher Marantz StoneWaterscape Consulting Inc