Architecture firm Stern and Bucek has come up with this rendering of the Menil Collection’s new cafe, part of the free museum’s long-planned expansion of its Montrose campus. The design for the cafe — which is yet to be named but will be run by Greg Martin (of Cafés Annie and Express and Taco Milagro) — appears to adapt and elaborate upon the gray bungalow at 1512 Sul Ross St., on the other side of that path from the Menil Bookstore; this is the same site, says a press release from the Menil Collection, that architect Renzo Piano originally had in mind for a similar amenity. So there’s that. Whatever it’ll be called, the cafe, it appears, will split the difference between the museum’s main entrance and the parking lot off W. Alabama.
Directly above: A view of the thing from Sul Ross.
Below: A rendering of the labyrinthine greenery planned by landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh for the “campus gateway,” or the paths you’ll walk on to get from the parking lot to all the art and stuff.
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Renderings: via the Menil Collection