MainPlace: Hines’s 46-Story Green Pipe-Wrench Dream

View of MainPlace, Hines’s Proposed 46-Story LEED Silver Office Building on Main Street in Downtown HoustonIt rises dramatically from the center of Downtown to face the morning sun. And the renderings sure make it look like a sleek, giant pipe wrench, the business end looking out over Houston’s industrial east side. Yep, there’s nothing the head office won’t be able to fix!

It’s MainPlace, a 46-story, one-million-square-foot green spec office tower, planned for most of the block surrounded by Fannin, Rusk, and Walker, at 811 Main.

The developer is the Hines CalPERS Green Fund, established by Hines and the California retirement fund to develop “sustainable” office buildings around the country. The core and shell, they promise, will be given a LEED-Silver rating by the USGBC. Don’t worry too much about all that, though: tenants will presumably be free to decorate their interiors with the usual endangered rainforest hardwoods and petroleum-based finishes.

That’s a five-story atrium up there on the 39th floor, facing a “sky garden.” Enjoy those trees in the rendering while you can; eventually, the engineers will start to think long and hard about hurricanes. More details and lots more zoomy pics, including closeups of that pipe-wrench jaw sky garden, after the jump.


View of Proposed Hines MainPlace Office Building from East

First, the east-facing atrium:

Sky Terrace of Proposed MainPlace Tower

Here’s the base of the building showing the lobby, looking east along Rusk:

View Up Main Street Showing Hines’s Proposed MainPlace Office Building

And an entrance at the corner of Main:

MainPlace Entrance Rendering

Lobby View of Proposed MainPlace Office BuildingThe lobby interior, looking toward Fannin. The windows on the left apparently face Rusk. If there’s room for any retail in this view, it’s in the far corner.

Curtainwall of Hines’s MainPlaceVertical glass fins along the Main Street side are supposed to shade the western sun.

Notches create extra corner offices:

View of Curtainwalls, MainPlace TowerCorner View of Hines MainPlace, Downtown Houston

View of Hines MainPlace from Main Street, HoustonRetail space, if any takers can be found, will be on the ground floor facing Main, at the base of a nine-story parking garage with space for 1,130 cars.

The garage aligns with the renovated-but-vacant Stowers Building along Walker. That means five other buildings on the block now will be hacked to bits, including the Beatty-West Building, the former Bond Clothing store, and the Montagu Hotel.

Renderings: Payne Rowlett, via the Houston Chronicle, Hines, and HAIF user PAC