Fountain Place Featured in The Shape of Texas Podcast

The Shape of Texas, Dallas, Volume 2 Since its completion in 1986, Fountain Place in downtown Dallas has been praised for both the geometrical precision of its 60-story tower clad in green glass and the extraordinary six-acre urban space that unfurls at its base. Originally known as the Allied Bank Tower at Fountain Place and designed by I.M. Pei and Partners with landscape architect Dan Kiley. Fountain Place received the 2011 Texas Architects 25-Year Award. The annual award recognizes one building completed 25 to 50 years earlier that has stood the test of time by retaining its central form, character,…

Speck: Architecture Influences Lifestyle

The professional portfolio of architect Larry Speck, principal at Page Southerland Page, boasts several Texas landmarks, including the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Austin Convention Center, and Discovery Green, a new 12-acre park in downtown Houston. Over the last 25 years, his design work has won 33 national design awards, 21 state and regional design awards, and 63 local design awards. Speck has been a faculty member at the University of Texas since 1975. I was able to catch up with him and ask about what goes on between developers and architects, and his thoughts on density. Staff Writer Cody Lyon, Austin…

With Launch of New Website, Texas Architects Unveils New Brand

On Oct. 28, during the Texas Society of Architects 72nd Annual Convention in Dallas, President Dan Hart, AIA, PE, formally announced the Society’s newly redesigned website and refreshed brand, which uphold Texas Architects’ mission to be “the voice for Texas architecture, supporting the creation of safe, beautiful, sustainable environments.” The announcement was made at the second General Session and arrived after a year-long taskforce effort, spearheaded by architect Chris Hudson, AIA, of Morris Architects in Houston and nine architects from around the state, along with the Society’s executive committee and staff. “As the voice for Texas architecture, our role is…

Chicon: Before the Renovations

Texas Architects at 500 Chicon

FD2S Offices

We’ve taken leaps of faith with buildings before. There was the dilapidated former dentist office-turned-“beauty shop” on Nueces Street in Austin that, once stripped of its sinks, toilets, and maze-like infrastructure, became a very functional studio and office setting that exuded a satisfying Modernist sensibility and restraint. There, an all-important single gesture – capturing the former lobby space by sealing off the main (west) entry and reorienting the building toward the north – was the breakthrough concept that led to a successful spatial reconfiguration. Similarly, it was a strong initial impulse of our architect for 500 Chicon that informed the…

Reinvigorated for Design

The Austin offices of the graphic design firm FD2S are a study in juxtaposition—raw against refined, openness versus enclosure, monochromatic tones highlighted by saturated color. The offices, housed in a converted 1920s oil storage warehouse in east Austin, were designed by Stern and Bucek Architects of Houston. Both architect and client (FD2S partner Larry Paul Fuller is a former editor of Texas Architect and partner Herman Dyal is an architect) wanted to respect the integrity of the building while inserting the modern amenities the firm needed. A tight budget meant that every dollar had to count. Fortunately, the building fabric…

Design Conference: Architecture in the Hinterlands

For its first Design Conference, set to take place Feb. 17-18, 2012 in Midland, the Design Committee will explore the theme of “Architecture in the Hinterlands” with a focus on how significant design work is created and nurtured in regions far removed from major urban centers. Attendance is limited. To register, download the PDF below and send the completed form with method of payment to the Texas Architects’ office. The cost is $515 per person (includes meals and all other conference events). Hotel accommodations are not included, however, the form provides contact information for the Hilton Midland Plaza where a…