Jump to content

Marriott Marquis - New GRB Convention Center Hotel + Retail


Recommended Posts

  • Replies 2.1k
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

The advantage of being at work early....

Via Flickr: IMG_9694 by James Fremont, on Flickr

Posted Images

I know a young 20-something urbanite. He laments this building as it will cut off all views north of discovery green from the green. Personally, I am fine with it, but, you can see the difference already.

 

Yea, I can't wait for it to cut off the views of the disappearing parking lots.

  • Like 6
Link to post
Share on other sites

Yea, I can't wait for it to cut off the views of the disappearing parking lots.

True.

In a perfect world, I would have had the city develop a big hotel just north of the GRB (where the garage and small hotel are going now and then use the Marriott land as PARK. Condemn McKinney and combine the entire thing into one park. That would have been ideal for me. Then, build what you will around the park. Oh well. I believe that discovery green will become so well used that, 20 years from now, planners will be quite sadden by the prior generation's "lack of foresight" at the opportunity to expand the park .....lost with the new Marriott.

Link to post
Share on other sites

True.

In a perfect world, I would have had the city develop a big hotel just north of the GRB (where the garage and small hotel are going now and then use the Marriott land as PARK. Condemn McKinney and combine the entire thing into one park. That would have been ideal for me. Then, build what you will around the park. Oh well. I believe that discovery green will become so well used that, 20 years from now, planners will be quite sadden by the prior generation's "lack of foresight" at the opportunity to expand the park .....lost with the new Marriott.

 

We'll just tear down Embassy Suites and expand that way.

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

What is really interesting is the feeling you get now when you walk around this area with all of the projects going up at once.

This is going to make the Eastern side of downtown look and feel so much larger. Along with the 28 story Catalyst, and Fingers ballpark apartments

the downtown will have a new outer ring of high-rises. When this is finished the drive in from 59 north or I-10 will be amazing.

I love the towers on the west side of downtown. its an amazing sight coming in on 45, but for my taste I like the east side. From the East, you can see all of Houston

from the smaller old buildings to the towers on the west. 

This new expansion will push it out even farther. Now we have a void in the middle to fill during the next growth spurt.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

There are two leaning pillars, each opposite each other (compare the pic from the north to the pic from the south). So either this is a consistent mistake, or it is purposeful.

 

If you mean the ones on the far right side of the building in the picture, then this architect says yes, this was done intentionally.

 

EDIT: Some additional context might help. If you look at one of the renderings that shows this side of building then you will notice that in the area where this column (or series of columns) are you will see that the exterior slants out from the building in the same angle as the column. The column most likely was designed in this way to mimic the exterior and since they are taking this extra effort to do so for this particular area then that space is probably one of some significance to the program. I don't think anyone on here has posted specific floor plans for this building. So it's anyone's guess as to the nature of the space. The architecture of this room though is by design.

Edited by Luminare
Link to post
Share on other sites

If you mean the ones on the far right side of the building in the picture, then this architect says yes, this was done intentionally.

EDIT: Some additional context might help. If you look at one of the renderings that shows this side of building then you will notice that in the area where this column (or series of columns) are you will see that the exterior slants out from the building in the same angle as the column. The column most likely was designed in this way to mimic the exterior and since they are taking this extra effort to do so for this particular area then that space is probably one of some significance to the program. I don't think anyone on here has posted specific floor plans for this building. So it's anyone's guess as to the nature of the space. The architecture of this room though is by design.

^ I came here to post exactly this.

We are looking at the corner where the sports bar is at ground level, where the building clearly juts out at an angle above the bar.

houmq_phototour12.jpg

  • Like 4
Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to throw this off topic too much, but I was driving downtown the other day and I can't imagine how the trains and traffic are going to coexist. Why is there so much less driving restrictions around these lines than the red one? It doesn't even make sense.

  • Like 2
Link to post
Share on other sites

Not to throw this off topic too much, but I was driving downtown the other day and I can't imagine how the trains and traffic are going to coexist. Why is there so much less driving restrictions around these lines than the red one? It doesn't even make sense.

I ride my bicycle on the weekends downtown and I was wondering the same thing, why no turtle humps dividing the trains from the cars like on Main St? Do they think Houstonians are now accustomed to mixing it with the trains after 11yrs?

Link to post
Share on other sites

From 59, by Minute Maid Park, this thing and the Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites already look HUGE.  The Marriott Marquis is about as tall as the GRB, and the HI/HS covers a lot of ground, so downtown finally looks like one continuous mass of buildings from 45 to 59!  These are exciting times!

Edited by Gator Purify
  • Like 3
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Highrise Tower changed the title to Marriott Marquis - New GRB Convention Center Hotel + Retail

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...



×
×
  • Create New...