Now hanging in the newly remodeled central nook on the Galleria’s curved facade along Westheimer Rd.: these strips of hexagonal rings spotted early last week by a passing bus rider. (That curved wall is where Saks Fifth Avenue used to be, before the store scooted into the boxy new building next door.) The rendering up top was released last fall, around the time Simon Properties confirmed that Nobu and Fig & Olive would be taking up 2 of the 4 restaurant spaces shown.
For comparison, here’s what the entry through the Philip Johnson-designed facade looked like as of last August, after the new windows had been cut (but before the top edge of the facade got trimmed off):
Earlier renderings of the redo featured what appeared to be a glassed-over plant wall in the vertical space, instead:
Meanwhile, upstate: the almost-matching facade that previously held the Saks Fifth Avenue in Dallas’s Galleria has been given a different treatment in that city’s redo. (The space has also been turned into a Belk).
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