Jump to content

Recommended Posts

  • Replies 104
  • Created
  • Last Reply

Top Posters In This Topic

Top Posters In This Topic

Popular Posts

This may be slightly dated, but the renderings I posted earlier seem to have disappeared. I thought I'd post again for those interested (I really like this project - and it is the largest commercial o

Height (tip) 430 ft Height (main roof) 377 ft Height (top floor) 361 ft The data from Emporis for the building is apparently sourced from the blueprints that were in the construction trailer o

thanks guys

  • 4 weeks later...

This building is inoffensive and as bland as any from the Kirksey firm. They also did the new UT dorms on Knight Road and they're somewhat more successful.

I like the "lantern" on top of the building too but does anybody know how the contractor plans to remove that giant, white, triangular, three-story cement mixer sitting inside it?

Link to post
Share on other sites
This building is inoffensive and as bland as any from the Kirksey firm. They also did the new UT dorms on Knight Road and they're somewhat more successful.

I like the "lantern" on top of the building too but does anybody know how the contractor plans to remove that giant, white, triangular, three-story cement mixer sitting inside it?

It seemed a little different in the initial renderings. As it has been built, it is as though the crown is slightly smaller than the rest of the building, and that threw off the proportions somehow. Made the building seem more diminuitive. Like a burly adult male wearing a child's cap. If it had been fully executed, it would've been a gem.

Link to post
Share on other sites

The ground level facing MacGregor is very swanky looking. I wonder if it will have a Cambridge Street address in the future. I'm still trying to figure out why the city changed the original name (Outerbelt) and why it was named that anyway since it went in front of the original TMC institution, Hermann Hospital. Maybe the street was an afterthought, assuming the hospital faced the Fannin extension.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I think we need another pic from a different angle. A profile view.

I know what you are talking about. Sometimes the outer edges of the crown look to small or like they fall into the building, but at some angles it looks normal.

The best view is coming up MacGregor along the Bayou east of 288 when the sun is setting.

Link to post
Share on other sites
Here is a pic I took today of the building from Midtown. Contrary to what has been said in this thread, I think the building has made a good mark on the city compared to some recent buildings.

Click:

aav6.th.jpg

i think in terms of skyline interest, this building makes quite an impact for the medical center.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Here you go, ask and you shall recieve. :)

DSCN0464.jpg

DSCN0463.jpg

Look at all of those disgusting looking powerlines. It seems like Houston more than any other city has those powerlines sagging over the sidewalks. I wish the city buried those things under the sidewalks like the majority of other cities. It can make a nice area, like the one in these pictures, look a little run down.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

I think last night was the first time they had the lighting on at the top. It's a rainbow affect which slowly pulsates, for lack of a better description.

If I remember tonight, I'll take a photo and post.

But it was a nice surprise, definitely unique, and should make a nice visual impact on the skyline. I have only seen it from very up close, but bet it looks good from far away as well.

Link to post
Share on other sites

i saw the lights last night, too...however, there was no movement - just pink, and a tinge of blue/purple on the edge.

the night before i swear it was all blue - probably in the "test" phase, though

like the building in general, i think it's tacky

Edited by sevfiv
Link to post
Share on other sites
Here is a pic I took today of the building from Midtown. Contrary to what has been said in this thread, I think the building has made a good mark on the city compared to some recent buildings.

Click:

aav6.th.jpg

I wonder if architects take into consideration what a tall structure will look like from ground level. I would think that they certainly would, but this one has a diabolical "carved pumpkin" look to it with those triangular "eyes" staring out at the city and, with the "lantern" on top, we've got the full-on halloween treatment, or could it be they're copying Ricco's HAIF user icon? :unsure: . Maybe they can add some teeth. Should we call it , "The Great Pumpkin"? Nice job, Charlie Brown. Not exactly the effect you'd want when designing a building for curing illnesses.

p.s. Thanks sevfiv for the link collection. I merged all but the 3rd one as that discusses several projects. However, your other links are now circular. :blush:

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...
  • 1 month later...

I heard there was supposed to be a bunch of retail/restaurants in this tower. I walked by it the other day when I was on my way home from Rice and I didn't see any retail, at least at ground level. Does anybody know what's up with that? Is the retail hidden away in the building or is it not open yet? I was hoping it would be at ground level. THe Chipotle / Starbucks at thee BCM building is so popular, it seems like somebody would try to copy that. I would love it because it would mean more eating options within walking distance of Rice (food at Rice isn't the best).

Link to post
Share on other sites

Any idea if it's supposed to be visible from the sidewalk, or is it tucked away inside the building somewhere? That kind of sucks that some of the retail is in the skywalk, but I guess it's better than nothing. I like the way they did the street level retail at BCM. Only problem is I only go there when I walk from Rice. When I am driving through it is absolutely impossible to stop and eat. It's always full of medical people though.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of the stores may be visable from the sidewalk, but you still have to walk inside the lobby area I believe to enter. If you are familiar with the Calpine Center in downtown, it is built the same way. I guess if they made the retail more inviting, they would have to make too many sidewalk alterations for aesthetic purposes. If you haven't noticed, some of the sidewalks on the northside of the Medical Center around the Hermann station are like neighborhood sidewalks.

Edited by WesternGulf
Link to post
Share on other sites

Not wide like some commercial streets or the sidewalks in downtown or most of the TMC, but more narrow sidewalks. For example:

Not too visible but you can see them some on the right.

343331083_9908ae2317_o.jpg

Edited by WesternGulf
Link to post
Share on other sites

I can confirm that there is an Au Bon Pain going in on the second floor of the building. It's accessible by Skywalk, or you can take the elevator up from the ground floor. I think the Starbucks and the Walgreens are going to be at ground level.

Also, Jax, if you're looking for more lunch options, I can recommend Rising Roll Gourmet in the older Health Professionals Building (just to the south of the new tower). It's accessible from Fannin street, and even has a few tables outside. It's pricey, but the sandwiches are very, very good and the service is fast. From Rice, you can cross Main at the new stoplight between MacGregor and University, walk up the alley and make a right on Fannin.

Link to post
Share on other sites
I can confirm that there is an Au Bon Pain going in on the second floor of the building. It's accessible by Skywalk, or you can take the elevator up from the ground floor. I think the Starbucks and the Walgreens are going to be at ground level.

Also, Jax, if you're looking for more lunch options, I can recommend Rising Roll Gourmet in the older Health Professionals Building (just to the south of the new tower). It's accessible from Fannin street, and even has a few tables outside. It's pricey, but the sandwiches are very, very good and the service is fast. From Rice, you can cross Main at the new stoplight between MacGregor and University, walk up the alley and make a right on Fannin.

I've always loved ABP ... just wondered why they never really caught on here -they're very popular up north like Philly, DC and Boston. The only one I've ever seen in Houston is on HWY 59 at a hotel near Lakewood.

Link to post
Share on other sites

yes, ABP is going in the second floor lobby, but I don't think it's open yet.. You can simply enter the building and take the escalator upstairs, or enter via skywalk. I usually walk indoors from BCM to Main through the Hermann skywalk system when I'm going to Rice.

Edited by Ian Rees
Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

I walked by today when I was in the medical center and the Walgreens and Starbucks are indeed on the first floor. It will be very nice and convenient for me so I am happy about that.

The med center needs more ground level retail and restaurants. Chipotle is incredibly packed at lunch, somebody could make a fortune by opening another restaurant in walking distance of the hospitals. I'd like to see something non fast food and accessible by the public rather than being hidden away inside some hospital food court. Does anybody know if the Methodist expansion will have any room for retail?

Link to post
Share on other sites

I had lunch at Au Bon Pain today. It was excellent! Very good croissant, the filling was delicious, there's lots of seating, nice pastries - all and all an excellent addition to the paltry food offerings in the Medical Center.

On a slightly off topic note, I was VERY EXCITED to see that there is now a Brioche Doree on the second floor of the old Hermann building, near the walkway to the new tower!! I love that place when I'm in Europe, and they had things like Turkey Brie and Apple sandwiches - a nice change from standard boring American fare. They had delicious-looking pastries too.

What can I say, I like a good pastry!!

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 weeks later...

Well, it is the tallest in the Med Center, and emporis puts its height at 430', but then, they don't have the right number of floors for St Luke's, so you should take that with salt. Apparently it is a sophisticated design; Atlanta, the city putting on the most airs at present, is following this design as closely for its 50 Allen Plaza as it did Houston's Greenway Plaza AIM Funds Tower design in its 1180 Peachtree / One Symphony.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • Highrise Tower changed the title to Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza

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...