The company that’s adding a new hotel to GreenStreet, the renamed and reconfigured Houston Pavilions mall downtown appears to have made some dramatic changes to the design of the tower. Midway Companies first showed off the sleek design by Gensler for the Hotel Alessandra (shown at left) last March, describing a design that featured a top-floor lobby, with a bar on the same floor and a pool under a retractable roof. Renderings of the design are still featured in marketing materials for GreenStreet’s retail redo.
But HAIF user Urbannizer, who’s had a pretty solid track record of discovering renderings of proposed projects if they’re available anywhere, posted a revised rendering to the online architecture forum late last night. The image, shown at right, shows what appears to be the latest design for the Alessandra, which will be operated by the Valencia Group. The Valencia Group already operates Midway’s Hotel Sorella at CityCentre.
Here’s a slightly larger view of the newer, far more rectilinear design:
In addition to straightening out the curves, replacing the previous configuration’s hoodie with a hat, and diminishing somewhat the number of zigs and zags in the window patterns, the new design appears to be for a slightly shorter building — approximately 22 floors, judging from the rendering, down from 25.
- GreenStreet Redevelopment + 25-Story Hotel Alessandra [HAIF]
- Previously on Swamplot: Demolition Work on GreenStreet for the Swoopy New Hotel Alessandra Begins Next Week; New Mod Downtown Highrise Hotel Alessandra Will Slam Dunk Former Yao Ming Spot at GreenStreet
Renderings: Midway Companies