Nancy and Rich Kinder Building, Museum of Fine Arts Houston

2014-2020 | Houston TX

Client Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Architect Steven Holl Architects
Associate Architect Kendall/Heaton Associates
Structural Engineer Guy Nordenson and Associates
Structural Engineer Cardno Haynes Whaley

As the centerpiece of the 14-acre, $450 million, campus expansion at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH), the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building adds 164,000sf of new museum exhibition space. The Kinder Building structure is a composite assembly of architecturally exposed concrete wall and steel floor framing. The top floor of the museum will be naturally lit by a “canopy” of concave and curved surfaces with a two way gridded steel roof framing system that was developed to support the irregular roof geometry and provide thin edges at the clerestories between the curved surfaces. As part of the expansion, the design team also moved all campus parking below grade, adding 190,000sf of cast-in-place and post tensioned parking in two new interconnected underground garages in order to provide a more pedestrian-friendly experience above. A new below grade concrete tunnel structure has also been designed for pedestrian circulation between the Kinder Building and Mies van der Rohe’s 1974 Caroline Wiess Law Building. The Kinder Building was designed in parallel to the adjacent 80,000sf Glassell School of Art.