Kirby CollectionHouston, Texas, US
Situated in a center part of the City between the downtown business center and the Galleria Retail center this Apartment, Retail and Office tower development is a symbol of the changing living patterns and expectations of Houstonians. The elegant form of the signature high-rise tower, announces the high-end retail and exclusive office address within the development. Kirby Drive extends to the north to River Oaks, the ultimate residential addresses of the City and then turns into Allen Parkway and park with a grand boulevard leading into downtown. As a premier property in this location, it will achieve a unique clientele and mix of uses.
The gentle form of the Apartment tower provides a radius of views to the nearby city and country. Entering each unit, the larger view windows at the perimeter are readily apparent as the walls splay to meet the ellipse geometry at the balconies. The sophisticated finishes and materials match the high-end accommodations of the recreation deck above the garage. This roof top terrace has not only a pool, but a soaking tub, dog walk, outdoor bar, and numerous seating groups between the trees to allow private meetings from either tower and a life style of ease and elegance. A 35’ high parapet of stretched fabric that catches the sunlight throughout the day and is illuminated as a signature of the project at night tops the building.
Additional housing is laminated into the lower level of the garage that faces the existing neighborhood, so that the shared street is common to only residential use.
The office building, while providing state of the art efficiency and flexibility for all types of tenants, is also unique in the expression of its architecture and curtain wall. Artfully extending the enclosure wall up to cover the rooftop penthouse also becomes a natural focal point for the backlighting of sunlight during the day and specific illumination at night. This mimics the top of the apartment tower and can provide a tasteful way of accommodating building signage if necessary.
The retail that faces Kirby drive is a mix of restaurants and shopping. At its center is a motor court and valet drop off that recalls the rotundas of Roman architecture and will serve as the front element for the whole project.