Tuesday
Dec162014

Town In City Brewing

Great news: our friends at Town in City Brewing Company are looking to begin brewing in their new Heights facility early next year! Keep yourself in the loop by following their facebook page or their website

These guys hit a lot of hurdles along the way, but we're proud to have been able to help them navigate the changing regulations in the City and are looking forward to celebrating with a cold brew. 

Cheers! 

Tuesday
Nov252014

Happy Thanksgiving!

CONTENT will be closed November 26-28. We hope everyone has a safe and delicious holiday!

Thursday
Sep252014

Jesse Hager Kicks Off Lecture Series 

Yesterday, CONTENT's Jesse Hager kicked off the Prairie View A&M Architecture Lecture Series with a talk entitled "In Praise of Walls". If you're interested in attending future lectures, or have an interest in joining local discussions centered around the built environment, here are a few resources you should know about:

Architecture Center Houston: ArCH is a collaboration between AIA Houston and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation. ArCH hosts periodic lectures, annual film festival, curated shows, walking tours, home tours and more!

Prairie View A&M School of Architecture Events

Rice Design Alliance: The Rice Design Alliance is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of architecture, urban design, and the built environment in the Houston. Check out the local tours and lectures!

Rice School of Architecture Lecture Series

University of Houston College of Architecture Events

Monday
Sep012014

The Honeymoon 

We're honored to have been a part of the renovation of 300 Main Street! The Honeymoon cafe and bar is the collaborative vision of Brad Moore and Ryan Rouse (Grand Prize, Bad News Bar, Lei Low) along side Matt Toomey and Charlotte Mitchell (Boomtown Coffee). Located downtown at the corner of Main and Congress, Honeymoon serves up tasty treats and drinks daily from early morning to the wee hours! KC Gifford was in charge of the build-out and Houston's Spindletop Design handled the graphics and branding. 

Recently, Zagat highlighted The Honeymoon as one of "Five New Houston Restaurants with Stunning Design."

Photos by Peter Molick

 

Tuesday
Aug122014

4th Annual ArCH Film Festival

Architecture Meets Life
August 21, 22, 23
7PM each night

Architecture Center Houston's annual Film Festival will be held August 21, 22, and 23. This year's films explore the "poetic, social, humanistic, biological and inspiring results when Architecture Meets Life."

From its prehistoric days architecture has been an instrument for organizing, mediating, protecting,fostering and sometimes curtailing life—not just human life but that of animals, plants and insects as well. Yet somehow we moderns have forgotten this history and are only now slowly relearning the impact of our built environments on the life around us. 

Featured Films include:

BATTLE FOR BROOKLYN
August 21 | 7PM

93 min,  Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, (2011)
Battle For Brooklyn is the epic and universal tale of one man under pressure, and how far he will go to save his community and his home from the private developers who want to build a basketball arena on top of it. Along the way, he loses a fiancée, falls in love again, gets married, and starts a family. Shot over the course of eight years and compiled from almost 500 hours of footage, Battle for Brooklyn is an intimate look at the very public and passionate fight waged by the Prospect Heights community to save their neighborhood from destruction.
(via Rumur Films)

THE HUMAN SCALE
August 22 | 7PM

77 min,  Andreas M. Dalsgaard, (2012)
How do the spaces that surround us enhance or disturb our interactions with others? How can we make our streets more accessible by foot or bike? Stunningly photographed, The Human Scale travels around the world to explore how Danish architect and urban planner Jan Gehl and other like minded designers, city planners, and urban activists have begun to transform cities such as New York, Beijing, Christchurch, and London.
(The Human Scale official site)

BIOPHILIC DESIGN
August 23 | 7PM

62 min, Stephen R. Kellert and Bill Finnigan, (2011)
Biophilic Design is an innovative way of designing the places where we live, work, and learn. We need nature in a deep and fundamental fashion, but we have often designed our cities and suburbs in ways that both degrade the environment and alienate us from nature. The recent trend in green architecture has decreased the environmental impact of the built environment, but it has accomplished little in the way of reconnecting us to the natural world, the missing piece in the puzzle of sustainable development. Come on a journey from our evolutionary past and the origins of architecture to the world’s most celebrated buildings in a search for the architecture of life. Together, we will encounter buildings that connect people and nature - hospitals where patients heal faster, schools where children’s test scores are higher, offices where workers are more productive, and communities where people know more of their neighbors and families thrive. Biophilic Design points the way toward creating healthy and productive habitats for modern humans.
(Biophilic Design official site)
Wednesday
Aug062014

ArCH and OKRA

For the month of August, Architecture Center Houston will be one of four featured charities at the OKRA Charity Saloon. Charities compete for patron votes; the charity with the most votes receives an entire month's worth of the Saloon's profits. Each food or drink purchase grants you a ticket to use at the ballot box.

Show your support for ArCH by having a drink or food at OKRA!

Tuesday
Apr012014

Bayou Residence: Before & After

The Bayou Residence is a renovation to a significant architectural work originally by Frank Welch completed in 1975. The house was purchased from the original owner by a young couple, looking to open up the floor plan and accomodate their social lifestyle. The renovation left in place the original 8000 square foot foundation, most of the exterior frame and little else. Much of the interior was re-arranged to accommodate an open floor plan and propose new layers of order. Limestone walls were introduced to give clarity to the programmatic organization. The central transverse hall was extended through the interior, providing a cohesive circulation spine to the sprawling, single-story layout.  Ceiling heights were modified to increase the feeling of spaciousness and visually connect to the bayou landscape adjacent. 

Additional Images of the completed project can be viewed on the Bayou Residence project page and on Houzz

Friday
Feb072014

CONTENT Awarded Best of Houzz 2014 for Design

The annual "Best Of" awards are given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz

We're honored to have been selected for our design profile. Click the badge to view our full Houzz portfolio. 

Wednesday
Oct092013

Buffalo Studios

CONTENT has been busy designing a new film studio that is preparing for a variance approval with the City of Houston. The aptly named Buffalo Studios will be across the street from the Buffalo Soldier National Museum on Caroline and is replacing a well worn metal building that previously held the production for a local bakery. The aged yellow metal building is currently built to the lot line and we're requesting to set the building back only 5ft from the lot line instead of the new standard of 10ft.

The hearing for the Buffalo Studios approval will be held on October 17th at 2:30pm in the City Hall Annex, Public Level on 900 Bagby Street in Houston. Please feel free to join us in support of this great addition to the neighborhood.

Thursday
Sep192013

Houston Fine Art Fair

This weekend, the George R. Brown Convention Center will be home to the 3rd annual Houston Fine Art Fair. CONTENT was asked to design the VIP lounge installation by Ligne Roset who supplied the furnishings.

As in most convention center layouts, the space we were given was comprised of simple 4'x12' walls with dark exposed ceilings overhead. We chose to give dimension to the otherwise homogenous space by defining volumes through the manipulation of a constructed ceiling plane. Over the past few days we hand dyed 3600 feet of cotton rope, then fed the rope across the lighting grid and down along the walls through eyelet screws. The eyelets provided an anchor point in which we could change direction and density to create unique areas of inhabitation within the room. We thank Ligne Roset and HFAF for the opportunity, additional furnishings were supplied by McCoy.

Show Hours are:

Thursday, Sep. 19, 2013
6 – 7:30pm | Sneak Preview (Black Card holders only)
7:30 – 9pm | Opening Preview Party (VIP passes only)

Regular Fair Hours:
Friday, Sep. 20 | 11am – 7pm

Saturday, Sep. 21 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, Sep. 22 | 11am – 6pm

About the show from their website:

HFAF aspires to reflect Houston’s sophisticated and diverse collecting practices, where art enthusiasts will encounter an international cross-section of works in all media-from past to present. The fair will feature modern and contemporary masters, mid-career and emerging artists from around the globe. HFAF also features memorable on-site installations and special projects, plus an invigorating three day program (September 20-22) of panel discussions designed for both novice and experienced collectors.

Hope to see you at the Fair this weekend!

Friday
Sep062013

Southampton Residence featured in Houston Chronicle

Sarah Rufca has highlighted the Southampton Residence this week in the Chronicle Style Home feature . Michael Paulsen captured these great photos - and there are many more on the Chron's website. 

Check out the article online here, or in Sunday's printed paper.

Friday
Aug092013

Geothermal Well Drilling

This week, workers began drilling 350 ft deep geothermal heating and cooling wells at our Meadowlake project. CONTENT was on site to document the process. It takes upto 7 hours to drill, loop & grout each well. The Meadowlake project will have a total of 12 wells. Look for a follow up blog post soon with futher explanations and photos! 

Above Left- One drilling rig with looped well in foreground; Above Right- Manually feeding the final ten feet of loop line into a well                          

Wednesday
Jul312013

2013 ArCH Film Festival

The Architecture Center Houston's annual film festival is just around the corner! "Boom & Bust" will kick-off in Market Square Park with a free screening of "Dark City" on Friday, August 9th and continue August 15-17 at ArCH Downtown. Tickets may be purchased in advance online. 

Click here to puchase individual tickets or passes.

 

Thursday
Jul182013

Chronicle introduces one of our favorite clients...

Terry Demchak opens her loft for the Houston Chronicle. Read the full article here.

Photo By Michael Paulsen

 

 

Monday
Jun242013

Welcome Little One!

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