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  Sicardi GallerySicardi Gallery


BRAVE /Architecture
4617 Montrose Boulevard, #C230, Houston, TX 77006

General Description

Location: Houston, Texas
Date Bid: Jan 2011 Construction Period: June 2011 to June 2012
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 drywall.

Project Team

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, TX 77040

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 future developments.

The project is featured in the Houston Architectural Guide - Third Edition, 2012.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Berridge
Roofing: Firestone
Windows, Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Natural Wood
Elevators: Schindler Lighting: Cooper

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