With recent efforts to revitalize Bryan’s historic downtown, city just north of Houston, Texas, development is underway with future planned offices, retail, and housing. The Bryan Intermodal Transit Facility located near downtown’s Main Street, includes a 900 car garage, new offices, retail, and a small bus terminal.
With the major façade of the entire building being the garage’s south face, the assignment was to design a skin that could articulate the character of Bryan and fit within its existing fabric. An unusual yet intriguing aspect of Bryan, especially for buildings on downtown’s Main Street, is the application of fire escape stairs in major view.
This idea is hyper exaggerated on the garage’s south facade with multiple fire escape stairs that provide access to all five levels at various points, continuing the city’s urban fabric. The stairs exist in a transient space occurring between edge of the garage and the outer screens constructed of perforated metal. Stairs cut in and out of the metal screens and through the structure with purpose to preserve the city’s historical character and provide a method to decipher the building’s disposition.
Circulation, both horizontal and vertical, is also an important architectural consideration for this project in fulfilling the urban demands due to its governance of people; the single most critical component of urbanity and their movement through spaces.
Project Designer under
Powers Brown Architecture
Role: Design for the garage’s south facade and the hardscape/landscape at ground level along on the main street. Developed the facade’s architecture as screens, the details and the connection to the stairs, from design to construction phase.
Team: Jeffrey Brown, Design Principal; John Cadenhead, Project Designer; Dror Baldinger, Photography
Award: AIA Design Award 2012 - Houston, TX
Completed December 2011