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9 minutes ago, nate4l1f3 said:

Most of our issues with this is the surrounding parking lots but other than that it’s looking pretty cool. 

If those lots are reserved for future towers why is that bothersome? 

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51 minutes ago, iah77 said:

If those lots are reserved for future towers why is that bothersome? 

 

I think similar to Greenstreet - the success of the project in the near-term, and thereby the chances of those reserved parking lots getting the future towers, is somewhat predicated on having a built-in market which the towers could provide.  I'm still really excited about the project but the towers would just make it cooler and more likely to succeed.

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47 minutes ago, iah77 said:

If those lots are reserved for future towers why is that bothersome? 

Because as of right now that’s just sizzle, we want the steak.

 

Also, initial expectations and hopes for this particular location were HIGH. Just go back through the begging of this thread. 

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1 hour ago, iah77 said:

If those lots are reserved for future towers why is that bothersome? 

 

The issue is that we do not know what the future plans are for the parking lots. We do not know if it is the developers intention to reserve the parking lots for future towers. 

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1 hour ago, Fortune said:

 

The issue is that we do not know what the future plans are for the parking lots. We do not know if it is the developers intention to reserve the parking lots for future towers. 

I've seen the master plan and there are multiple towers. 

 

The economy literally is in free fall, we are lucky things aren't paralyzed at this point across town.

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55 minutes ago, iah77 said:

I've seen the master plan and there are multiple towers. 

 

The economy literally is in free fall, we are lucky things aren't paralyzed at this point across town.

 

Really? How many towers? What are the heights?

 

We need details!

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3 hours ago, iah77 said:

I've seen the master plan and there are multiple towers. 

 

The economy literally is in free fall, we are lucky things aren't paralyzed at this point across town.

I agree. But as for the details. Are we talking, Ro, Regency Square, East River. Please give us an idea of how many and how high. Thank you.

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On 7/17/2020 at 2:03 PM, iah77 said:

I've seen the master plan and there are multiple towers. 

 

The economy literally is in free fall, we are lucky things aren't paralyzed at this point across town.

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This project, is a testament to what I've said in other threads where people cry value-engineering or the fact this is Houston, and we can't have nice things are wrong, and superficial explanations at best. Architects are really important. In an economic climate such as this, the posers will fold, but the actual creative and innovative ones will pull through. OMA is one of the best because they don't fold, and they press on. This really got going during this the time the economy was going into the gutter and they could have easily cut a lot of things especially this set piece type stairways. Oh just make a regular stair, its a stair who cares. That could have been the case, but it's clear the Architect on this job has found ways to work around it and keep their promises in what they have proposed. Maybe not everything will turn out exactly as they wished given the current constraints, but at the very least they are giving it a shot, and will keep the biggest of promises they made which were some very beautiful stairway spaces, and cool rooftop garden. If they can pull those things off then this will be a success.

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20 hours ago, tigereye said:

Lovett has released more details. The rooftop will be branded as the Skylawn and will feature a 6,000 sq ft outdoor event venue accommodating up to 300 guests. 

 

https://www.bizjournals.com/houston/news/2020/08/12/lovett-commercial-post-houston-skylawn.html

 

 


Sarnoff’s piece on this mentions Post also containing a concert venue and a hotel. Is this in the first phase currently under construction or is she referring to future phases? What is being down with the 5 story administration building on site? 

 

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Houston-based Lovett purchased the 16-acre site, formerly the Barbara Jordan Post Office, in 2015 and is remaking the space into a coworking, shopping and culinary destination with a concert venue, hotel and rooftop farm called POST Houston.

 

 

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/business/article/Downtown-venue-to-open-on-five-acre-rooftop-park-15481162.php

 

EDIT: Looking at the renders, the concert venue is in the northeast corner and takes up the first 2 levels. There appears to be balconies overlooking the event floor and stage area. I take it the Skylawn event space will be on the rooftop above the concert venue. 
 

Not sure where a hotel goes in (unless it’s in the administration building or being built as a separate addition in a later phase. 


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2 hours ago, cspwal said:

It’s crazy how hard it is to find a wedding spot with a skyline view, so this will be very popular with weddings 


The Castillo Community Center on White Oak Bayou can be rented for weddings. Not a comparable venue of course, but it does have some pretty grandiose views of DT, and it is likely to be much kinder to people's pockets.

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honestly i am just so excited to see this lot landscaped when done...pleeeeease let them have lots of greenery....

i always hated going to this post office unless it was for Day For Night of course ;) 

 

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14 minutes ago, tangledwoods said:

i'm more amazed by the rooftop pool at 110 Milam.

 

https://www.houstonarchitecture.com/haif/topic/5134-110-milam/

 

anyone have any photos of inside that house?  it looks incredible!

 

I've always been intrigued by that building and was likewise surprised to discover there was a pool on the roof. I've often thought it would be a cool place to live, except for the fact that given the building's proximity to the bayou and where its parking area is, it would get old losing your car(s) during the increasingly frequent flooding events that have afflicted the area over the past 20 years. 

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1 hour ago, astrohip said:

One of my best friends owns that building. I've been in it many, many times. I'm off to Pilates, will post more info later...

 

And yes, it's his house.

It's a single dwelling? Wow

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There's a couple of unusual residences downtown.  The office building next to Houston House is actually just a large house; there's a block-sized warehouse in East Downtown that one couple lives in.  I'm sure there's more that I haven't discovered yet

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38 minutes ago, cspwal said:

There's a couple of unusual residences downtown.  The office building next to Houston House is actually just a large house; there's a block-sized warehouse in East Downtown that one couple lives in.  I'm sure there's more that I haven't discovered yet

 

National Cash Register Building is pretty cool.

 

 

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3 hours ago, astrohip said:

My friend bought this building (110 Milam) several years ago, and decided to save it. It was in ill shape, and needed more money than any developer is ever willing to put into a building. He decided to completely refurb/rehab it, and turn it into his residence. Several years and a shitload of money later...

 

The bottom floor backs onto Buffalo Bayou. He acknowledged it was going to flood, and made it an open-ish storage area, with walls designed to handle water exposure. Each floor has a purpose--one for his bedroom, another for living/dining/kitchen, another for work space, etc. His living floor has these huge, commercial glass-paneled overhead doors (like Garage doors) along the back wall (facing Buffalo Bayou & west), that when shut provide a wall. But they can open with a button, and create an open-air environment.

 

Those metal stairs on the side are to meet fire egress codes. On the roof is a stainless steel pool and deck. You can imagine the structural support he had to put in for that.

 

He also collects cars, everything from Ferraris to classic oldies...

 

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Incredible. Glad the building managed to be saved at all.

Don't suppose there are any pictures floating around of the place? I wouldn't want you to go and invade your friend's privacy for the sake of curious internet strangers 😁

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12 hours ago, HouTXRanger said:


Incredible. Glad the building managed to be saved at all.

Don't suppose there are any pictures floating around of the place? I wouldn't want you to go and invade your friend's privacy for the sake of curious internet strangers 😁

I looked, and I don't have any. While it is certainly a photo-worthy place, I guess taking pics when you visit a friend doesn't usually happen 😉

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I believe I saw that Edsel station wagon on a morning walk in my neighborhood several months ago. If it is the same car (and how many turquoise Edsel station wagons can there be even in Houston) it is in very good shape. I love the boomerang tail lights.

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I wonder what the grid pattern area is for?

Those grid patterns in the concrete are from saw cutting the concrete.  Basically after they finish the concrete, a grid is laid out and joints are cut into the concrete.  It is how they attempt to control cracking and force cracks to happen in certain spots vs others.

 

If you want an informative look at the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9UrR31RGVI

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https://posthtx.com/ETFE/

 

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POST is the first commercial building in Texas to make widespread use of the plastics that once originated in a NASA lab. Covering over 20,000 square feet and spanning over 100 feet in some instances, the roofs provide daylighting that make the interiors of the building feel like the outdoors. The resultant indoor-outdoor qualities offer guests an entirely new way of dining, shopping, and working in Houston.

 

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