Wait — haven’t we already seen “initial concept drawings” for the Independent Arts Collaborative building planned for the corner of Main and Holman in Midtown? Well, yeah, but those initial concept drawings were prepared by Morris Architects as part of a study just to sell folks on the idea. Since then, the IAC bought the former city parking lot at 3400 Main St. and Morris lost out on the actual commission to a mix-in combo of San Antonio’s Lake Flato Architects (best known in town, strangely enough, for 2 inner-loop grocery stores they’ve designed for H-E-B) and Houston’s own Studio Red (fresh from its work on the renovation of an old Downtown warehouse into the new Houston Permitting Center). So we’ve got a whole new batch of initial concept drawings to look through, this time from the building’s actual architects.
Shunning the typical secrecy surrounding not-ready-yet designs, the new arts organization has decided to show them off on its Facebook page — even before floor plans are ready — with a simple “let us know what you think.” What a concept!
The new IAC center will house exhibit and performance spaces for several local arts groups, as well as rehearsal and workshop areas, classrooms, and offices. The organization planning it wants it to serve as a magnet for Midtown visitors, enabling it to attract additional retail developments to the surrounding blocks, next to the rail line. The exact lineup of tenant organizations appears to be somewhat in flux, but it’s likely to include Fotofest, Diverseworks, the Houston Arts Alliance, Musiqa, Catastrophic Theater, the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and Main St. Theater.
The views in the new renderings are from the corner of Main and Holman St. (at top and here at night):
Through an interior breezeway looking toward Travis St.:
And looking toward the corner of Holman and Travis:
- IAC Initial Concept Renderings [Facebook]
- Previously on Swamplot: Architects Agree To Collaborate on Main St. Arts Collaborative, Independent Arts Collaborative Buying Midtown Lot for New Main St. Arts Center
Renderings: Lake Flato Architects and Studio Red Architects, via Independent Arts Collaborative