The big new Asia Society Texas building designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi along Southmore Blvd. in the Museum District won’t officially open until next April, but a new slideshow featured on the organization’s website provides early peeks into some of the 38,000-sq.-ft. structure’s ultra-spare interiors. Included in Paul Hester’s photos: Views of the 280-Poltrona-Frau-seat Brown Foundation Performing Arts Theater, meeting spaces with carefully framed garden perches, and closeups of several sleek staircases. The AsiaStore Texas gift shop will probably look a little different from this once it gets loaded up with stuff to sell:
A short feature in this month’s Architectural Record notes the organization had originally hoped its building would face Caroline St., but wasn’t able to buy up a holdout property on the block. That would be the former doctor’s office at 5219 Caroline St., since purchased by Chris Balat of Balcor Commercial and now slated to become his, chef Randy Rucker’s, and pastry chef Chris Leung’s new restaurant, conāt.
- First Look: Asia Society Texas Center [Asia Society ]
- Asia Society Texas Center [Architectural Record]
- Previously on Swamplot: Asia Society Texas Center: Your Trees Have Come In, Taniguchi’s Asia Society Texas Center Gets Into the Ground, More Images of the Asia Society Headquarters Design, Still Tinkering: Yoshio Taniguchi at the Asia Society
Photos: Paul Hester