Overview

Houston, Texas
550,000 ft² renovation

Brief

Reimagine the historic Barbara Jordan Post Office in downtown Houston as a mixed-use complex featuring an arts and music venue, workspaces, and one of the world’s largest rooftop parks and farms. In cooperation with OMA, MTWTF, Powers Brown, Hoerr Schaudt, and Dot Dash. The POST visual identity system was developed by MTWTF.

Services

Design and documentation, testing, vehicular and pedestrian wayfinding

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Site Analysis

  • Site offers a cultural terminus to the Bagby Street corridor in north downtown
  • Opportunity to reuse and feature architectural artifacts from the existing site (flag pole, column identification), preserving the historic significance of the original post office
  • Wayfinding program must be distinguishable but also align with the character of the existing structure and new architecture

Updates

09/22/21

Skylawn Signage Install

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1/7 Rooftop signage
09/07/21

Fabrication

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07/15/21

Interior Install

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Phase one installation
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02/01/21

Skylawn Surveys

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1/5 Rooftop signage planning
01/20/21

Site Walks / Construction

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01/04/21

Bayou Sight Line Study

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Pedestrian path view
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12/23/20

Design Team Site Walk

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1/7 Mockup reviews and sign location planning
Interior construction
11/02/20

Scale Model: Site Identification

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1/3 Philip built a wood model of the site identification sign structure
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1/2 Internal illumination simulated with electroluminescent wire and printed vellum
09/25/20

Site Identification

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1/6 Material and Illumination studies
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1/10 Development of form and structure
07/25/20

Unused: path lamps

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1/2 Landscape lighting studies
07/19/20

Under Construction

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04/20/20

Studying: material transparency, flexibility, shadow color

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08/12/19

Installation

Custom sewn 8'×12' graphic appliqué flag flying over 401 Franklin (flag by Kronberg's)
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Pre-flight visibility tests (pictured from a distance of ~300ft.)
08/12/19

Field Test

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08/12/19

Field Test

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06/26/19

Field Test

Using an augmented reality iPhone application to answer questions of scale for planned scaffolding installation.

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06/14/18

Workshop × MTWTF

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Initial planning and charrette at the office of MTWTF, New York
04/30/18

Site Visit, Workshop

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03/01/18

Announcement of Work

FORMATION is pleased to be part of the design team reimagining the former US Postal Service distribution center at 401 Franklin in Downtown Houston.

This important structure was originally designed by Wilson Morris Crain & Anderson and named in honor of Barbara Jordan, civil rights activist and the first Southern African-American woman elected to the US House of Representatives.

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