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Lightbulb HOUSTON | Museum of Fine Arts Expansion

MFAH is undergoing major changes. The expansion project designed by Steven Holl and Lake Flato, will be built in three phases. The first phase - the new Glassell School of Art & Brown Foundation Inc. Plaza breaks ground tomorrow.

http://www.mfah.org/about/campus-redevelopment/

http://www.stevenholl.com/project-de...museums&id=142

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Museum of Fine Arts Houston unveils dramatic $450 million redevelopment plan

Buoyed by some of the largest donations in the city's history, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston will unveil a $450 million project today that envisions its campus as the cultural heart of the city.

The plan includes two new buildings designed to complement the existing structures in a way that will enhance the experience of looking at art.

The project, by Steven Holl Architects, is the most exciting in the institution's 90-year history, board chairman Richard Kinder said. The plan, named the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, is so transformational that in five years Houstonians might not recognize the 1000 block of Bissonnet.

The most prominent new structure will be the 164,000-square-foot Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, on what's now the museum's parking lot. The three-story structure is shaped like a jigsaw-puzzle piece with a "luminous canopy" roof full of concave curves. Holl imagines clouds resting on top.

The building also will glow closer to the earth, with glass walls on the ground floor and a sheath of energy-saving translucent glass tubes, lit from behind, around the rest of the exterior, which is concrete.

A leafy plaza will open views to a new, more prominent Glassell School of Art. Also three stories at its highest point, it's sturdier-looking - an 80,000-square foot Constructivist building of soft-hued concrete.

The long side of the school's L-shaped exterior slopes up from the ground, forming a stepped amphitheater and leading to a trellised rooftop garden. The building will bracket a new plaza that extends the existing sculpture garden.

A block farther east, a new state-of-the-art conservation center by Lake|Flato Architects will rise two stories above the existing parking garage.

The museum expects to name a landscape architect soon, a critical piece of Holl's master plan for bringing "porosity" to the buildings and campus.
The Glassell School of Art & The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza
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The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation
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The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
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The Museum of Fine Arts Houston has officially broken ground on its $450 million new campus.
Oct 15, 2015, 12:05pm CDT

The first phase of the project will include the new Glassell School of Art, which replaces the building that has housed the school since 1979. The new building will be 80,000 square feet, nearly double the size of the previous building. It will include space for the junior and adult schools, which serve 7,000 students each year.

Also part of the initial phase is the construction of the Brown Foundation Plaza. Part of the L-shaped Glassell School will be a sloped roof with stairs going down to an amphitheater and up to the BBVA Compass roof garden, which will provide a view of the entire campus.

At the groundbreaking, New York-based Deborah Nevins & Associates was announced as the landscape architect for the project, tasked with unifying the disparate buildings into a pedestrian-friendly and cohesive campus. New York-based Steven Holl Architects designed the Glassell School, the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building and the master plan for the campus. San Antonio-based Lake Flato Architects designed the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation conservation center, which will begin construction next year. St. Louis-based McCarthy Building Cos. is the general contractor.


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Revitalization Gives Increased Presence to Museum of Fine Arts Houston

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One of the largest museums in the United States is undergoing a major revitalization that will produce three new standout buildings. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) provides a home for approximately 64,000 pieces of art while hosting numerous programs and community workshops. The Audrey Jones Beck Building and the Caroline Wiess Law Building are currently the main galleries where the collections and exhibitions are presented to the public. The campus redevelopment, spanning 14 acres of land in the heart of Houston's Museum District, will be named after billionaire Fayez S. Sarofim and his wife Susan, who contributed $70 million towards the $450 million cost of the project.


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One of the largest museums in the United States is undergoing a major revitalization that will produce three new standout buildings. The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) provides a home for approximately 64,000 pieces of art while hosting numerous programs and community workshops. The Audrey Jones Beck Building and the Caroline Wiess Law Building are currently the main galleries where the collections and exhibitions are presented to the public. The campus redevelopment, spanning 14 acres of land in the heart of Houston's Museum District, will be named after billionaire Fayez S. Sarofim and his wife Susan, who contributed $70 million towards the $450 million cost of the project.
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Glassell School of Art gives Houston a grand new public space
By Molly Glentzer
May 14, 2018 Updated: May 14, 2018 4:59pm

The new Glassell School of Art building is both muscular and mysterious, all angles and light.

Director Joseph Havel, who has devoted much of his career to building the institution's programs, looked like he might be walking on air Monday as he led part of a media tour through the new 93,000-square foot facility, which he called "a factory for creativity." He can't wait to see it full of students and messy.

"You want to be able to make it messy and then be able to mop it up," Havel said.

He loves not only the elbow room and the "huge upgrade" in studio equipment, but also the central stairway, which will serve as "a mixer between the public and all the school's programs."

The Glassell opens to the public Sunday with a day of family activities and music, celebrating the completion of Phase 1 of the museum's $450 million campus expansion. It's more than twice the size of the structure it replaced, a much-loved, warehouse-inspired building by Houston architects Eugene Aubry and R. Nolen Willis that opened in 1979.
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