Glassell School of Art
The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston is being extended by two building complexes designed by Steven Holl.
The first construction phase, the so-called "Glassell School of Art", is a wedge-shaped building with a walk-on roof landscape. The primary structure and load-bearing outer shell is made up of site-mixed concrete and large-scale precast concrete components, which give the building a prehistoric and sculptural appearance. Between the precast concrete components, translucent glazing elements are grouped together to cover areas up to max. 6.00m x 6.00m; the facade construction is made of prefabricated aluminium elements composed of one or more sections per opening. All joints and connections have been executed with minimum dimensions to satisfy Steven Holl’s vision of material and form.