Johnston Marklee have won plaudits for their houses and they have now triumphed over several larger firms for a coveted commission: the Menil Drawing Institute (MDI) in Houston. The late Dominique de Menil had refined taste and great wealth—a rare combination—and she patiently sought very best in art and architecture. The main museum, which opened in 1987, is still Renzo Piano's best—for its springy grace and luminous interiors. She established a leafy campus around that building, preserved a row of old houses to accommodate visiting artists, and created several satellite galleries, including Piano's understated shrine to Cy Twombly. For its future growth, the board commissioned a master plan from David Chipperfield, which will replace three massive apartment blocks with new housing and the MDI.
Entries in Houston (3)
The five finalists were culled from an initial group of 70:
Central Station will be a transfer hub at the intersection of the forthcoming East End and Southeast lines on Main between Capitol and Rusk. Houston METRO and the Downtown District are holding the competition. The complete collection of final designs is available here.
FibroCITY, a proposal centered around Houston, TX by architecture firm Perkins+Will, operates as a restorative catalyst for communities that have been segregated by 20th century superhighways and the environment built around the car.
The 15-acre fibroCITY core reclaims the spaces that once were by providing interwoven programmatic elements. It provides the platform for the city to reconnect and re-develop through a new avenue of growth.