2022 Job of the Year
Museum of Fine Arts
Houston, Texas

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Terrazzo Contractor
Southern Tile & Terrazzo Co., Inc.

Houston, TX

 

 

 

The opening of the new Nancy and Rich Kinder Building late in 2020 concluded an eight-year museum redevelopment project. With a striking design and impressive scope, this masterful terrazzo project comprises over 52,000 square feet of traditional sand-cushion, cementitious terrazzo. The centerpiece of the museum complex, the new gallery contains 45,500 square feet of Venetian terrazzo in size 4-7 aggregate. The architect’s objective in this gallery was to respond to the green terrazzo installed in the museum by the contractor’s grandfather some 65 years before. This historic installation, which is in excellent condition and still looks brand new, was replicated in a transitional lobby space. In the rest of the gallery, a complementary blue-gray color was specified. From the lower level, a precast cementitious terrazzo stairway begins with a raised seating platform. Leading to the intermediate level and the main floor is a precast staircase with three poured-in-place landings. The main floor revolves around a poured-in-place suspended staircase with 41 steps of varying lengths and widths set on a plinth. In a tunnel connecting the gallery to another part of the complex, 4,000 square feet of sand-cushion, white terrazzo with finer aggregates strikes a contrasting note.

Architect
Steven Holl Architects
New York, NY

Associate Architect
Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.
Houston, TX

General Contractor
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Houston, TX

Owner 
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Houston, TX

Aggregate Suppliers
Cactus Canyon Quarries
Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies

Precast Supplier
Precast Terrazzo Enterprises

Divider Strip Supplier
Manhattan American Terrazzo Strip Company

Photographer
Jaime Leigh Sonnier-Casa de Camera