4617 Montrose Boulevard, #C230, Houston, TX 77006
Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Jan 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to June
Total Square Feet: 6,353* Site: 0.1 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. Basic Construction Type: New/2B.
Building Sizes: First floor, 3,334; second floor, 2,663, terrace,
356; total 6,353* square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 12’; total, 34’
to top of parapet.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam. Exterior Walls: Metal
studs, metal siding, cement plaster, CMU, curtain wall. Roof:
Membrane. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Metal stud
Structural Engineer: Matrix Structural Engineers - 24 Greenway
Plaza, #1508, Houston, TX 77046
General Contractor: Arch-Con Corporation - 1335 W. Gray Street,
#300, Houston, TX 77019
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TGK Associates - 2541 Breaux
Trce, Seabrook, TX 77586
Civil: Infrastructure Associates - 6117 Richmond Avenue, #200,
Houston, TX 77057 & KMS Engineering - 2550 Gray Falls Drive, #215,
Houston, TX 77063
Geotechnical: Earth Engineering - 4877 Langfield Road, Houston,
This project, located in the heart of Houston near the Menil
Collection’s campus and the Houston Center for Photography, accommodates
new show spaces for a growing art gallery. Sicardi Gallery, established
in 1994 with a mission to facilitate a cultural dialogue between Latin
America, the United States and Europe through art. The new building
maximizes its use of a small urban lot while creating spaces for the
display of large works, paintings, and installations.
The Gallery’s material and color palette of grey metal panels and white
plaster accent walls reference adjacent textures and tie it to the Menil
neighborhood’s architectural vernacular. Within the building, display
and work spaces are interconnected providing clear circulation, but
allowing for privacy where needed. The first floor’s 16-foot ceiling
heights allow for large scale installations. The large window on the
front facade provides a surface for video installations visible from the
outside while providing a framed view of the neighborhood from within.
Natural light enters elsewhere in the building indirectly and can be
controlled where required for specific art installations.
Fitting an ambitious cultural program for a private institution on a
regular-sized urban lot, while satisfying all of the code requirements
and client specifications proved to be the project’s biggest challenge.
After analyzing every option for the site layout, the parking was placed
on the south side of the lot. The building cantilever provides entryway
cover as well as additional room for programs. Through dialogue with the
local arts community, the site was designed to accommodate adjacent
The project is featured in the Houston Architectural Guide - Third
Building Envelope: Berridge
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Natural Wood
Elevators: Schindler Lighting: Cooper