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1 hour ago, gene said:

dang so here is this thread!

I wondered what this kooky building was whenever i was riding my bike on the paths! 

cant wait to see it finished and thanks for all the awesome photos everyone 😊


This is about the Mixed use project, "The Allen", not the Federal Reserve building. /s

I'm eager to see how it turns out. It's different for sure.

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21 hours ago, hindesky said:





The metal clad building plays EPCOT to Michael Graves' Main Street Fed Reserve building.  I'm curious what goes on in the great hall now that its intended use as a workspace for the  batching and swapping of checks is not needed as much due to the electronic transfer of funds.

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The Allen high-rise adds a dose of modernism to Fourth Ward

The downtown area is getting another dose of modernism in the Thompson Hotel/Residences at The Allen high-rise, inching skyward in Jenga-like fashion as workers add floor after floor.

The 35-story hotel/condo building and its next-door Lifestyle Pavilion are still taking shape on Allen Parkway across from Buffalo Bayou Park in Fourth Ward, but they already show signs of bringing interesting new architecture to the busy area.

HOK Architects, an international architecture firm with a Houston office, designed the building, and Houston-based Abel Design Group handled interiors.

“The Lifestyle Pavilion’s exterior is pretty unique,” said Roberto Contreras, president and CEO of DC Partners, the project’s developer. “It is carbon fiber, and you can choose it to look like anything you want. We chose metallic, but when you look at it, you don’t know if it’s metal or plastic. It looks space-age.”

Contreras was standing next to a 7-foot LEGO replica of the hotel/condo building and the pavilion, which even shows where the pool will be and has plenty of greenspace to represent the long, winding park across the street.

As he spoke about the park as an amenity to hotel visitors and condo owners, walkers and runners zipped past his sales office, which is filled with European furnishings from BeDesign.

The Lifestyle Pavilion, which will be open to the public, will have a gym, pool and restaurants and is expected to open by the end of the third quarter or early fourth quarter this year.

The hotel/condo building will have 170 hotel rooms on the first 15 floors, and 99 residences on floors 16 through 35. Thompson Hotel is part of the Hyatt Hotel group. The condos will range from 912 square feet to 11,000 square feet andfrom $500,000 to $11 million; they are expected to open in early 2023.

Contreras said the building is already 25 percent sold.

Condos come with Pedini Italian cabinets and Thermador kitchen appliances, scaling up to Gaggenau appliances for the penthouse levels. The sales office shows potential kitchen floor plans with 10- or 12-foot ceilings and has a room filled with samples of standard finishes including porcelain tile that looks like designer favorites such as Calacatta Gold but without the maintenance issues of marble.

Balcony dog potties are a popular amenity in high-rise housing, and The Allen’s version is built into the balcony with a flushable stainless-steel base and natural grass that can be changed out weekly to monthly. No pooch in your future? Opt instead for a small sky garden or just leave the balcony as is.


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Diane Cowen


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