The north wall has been breached — windows have been carved into the facade of the Houston Chronicle’s freeway-front structure at the corner of the West Loop and 59 (where most of the paper’s staff will relocate early next year.) The multi-building campus under renovation at 4747 Southwest Freeway was bought from the Houston Post in 1995 after the competing newspaper folded; the Chronicle’s Texas Ave. space was bought by developer Hines in October.
The main building was powerwashed back to a gleaming beige over the summer — to brighten things up further, sections of the 1960s raw concrete Brutalist facade are currently being whitewashed as well, in line with exterior renderings released earlier this year by Gensler:
The 7-building complex adds up to 440,000 sq.ft. of space:
Renderings of the interior indicate that the paper’s print and typographic design choices may carry through off the page and into the office decor:
Off-grid benches and light fixtures in a communal lobby gently echo the angles of the pile of jumbled papers depicted on the back wall:
But everything straightens out in the workspaces: