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The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Nancy and Rich Kinder Building

Translucent Façades and Luminous Galleries

Steven Holl Architects

The museum quarter of Houston is an oasis in a steamy wilderness: a concentration of exemplary architecture and shady live oaks at the heart of an unplanned urban sprawl.

It is the product of philanthropy, founded on the extraordinary wealth generated by the oil industry. The Menil Collection has led the way, most recently with Johnston Marklee’s Drawing Institute (THE PLAN 110). Now comes the turn of its near neighbor, The Museum of Fine Arts, to unveil a sublime work of art: a three-story trapezoid of galleries for modern and contemporary work, named after the Chairman of the Museum’s Board of Trustees.
A luminous canopy diffuses the brilliant sunlight and a façade clad with translucent glass tubes turns it into a glowing beacon at night. Nearly 10,000 sq. m of display space have been added to earlier buildings by Mies van der Rohe and Rafael...

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