Once the old 18-story Houston Club Building here at 811 Rusk is out of the way, and someone or something agrees to set up shop inside, this is the Gensler-designed office tower Skanska has said it will begin building Downtown. Tentatively named the Capitol Tower — since the main entrance will be moved from Rusk, on the south side of the block, to Capitol — the 700,000-sq.-ft., 34-story building (and a parking garage, too) will go along with a cavernous lobby designed to connect the recently vacated tunnels to the streets above.
In this rendering, you can make out through the lobby window that glassy slope of Pennzoil Place across Milam — a scene that sure resembles the what-if proposal from architect and Rice professor Bryony Roberts calling for more active go-between among the streets, tunnels, and lobbies in the CBD. The lot here is bound by Rusk, Capitol, Travis, and Milam.
Earlier this year, the Houston Club, the city’s oldest social club, vacated the long-standing building at 811 Rusk and joined forces with the Plaza Club, relocating to the 49th floor of the 50-story One Shell Plaza.
- Houston Club building to be replaced with new tower [Houston Business Journal]
- Splashy plans emerge for Houston Club revitalization [Houston Chronicle ($)]
- Previously on Swamplot: Bringing the Streets Downtown Right Into the Lobbies, Houston Club Tunnel Tenants Making Their Escape, What Being Inside the New Houston Club Might Look Like, Houston Club Building To Be Demolished, Say Auctioneers, ARCO Office Going Down; Downtown Houston Club Building Will Stay Put, Skanska Goes for a Houston Office Building Hat Trick, Skanska Helping Houston Club to Early Exit, Will Skanska Knock Down the Houston Club?, At Risk on Rusk
Renderings: Gensler via Carbonara Group