Nancy and Rich Kinder Museum Building, MFAH / Peter Molick

Nancy and Rich Kinder Museum Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

Firm LocationNew York, United States
CompanySteven Holl Architects
Lead ArchitectSteven Holl
ClientMuseum of Fine Arts Houston

Horizontal extension of landscape unifies the entire MFAH campus with open and inviting public spaces. The Kinder Museum Building has an inviting porous ground floor punctuated with seven gardens. The galleries are centered around an open forum, space for exhibition of art and vertical circulation. Concave curves, imagined from cloud circles, push down on the roof geometry; natural light slips in with precise measure and quality. Its innovative translucent glass-tube facade rejects Houston's heat and is in complementary/contrast to the adjacent glass, steel and stone buildings.