University of Houston--Clear Lake, Student Services Building

Clear Lake, Texas

  • FIRM



    The University of Houston System

  • AREA

    160,000 sq.ft.





The dichotomy expressed in the plan diagram, the building massing and the material expressions are derived from programmatic intents of operating hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. vs. 24-hour use.

The “bar” part of the building houses classrooms, offices and student services, which operate from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. The form and massing of the bar are influenced by the ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$172.00FEATURED IN2005 Architectural Portfolio campus Bayou Building. The intent is for the public side of the building to maintain the generative campus edge.

The “shape” building houses student life, computing and research labs, which require 24-hour access. The free form and variegated glass facade are influenced by the natural setting of the campus and denote the student side of the building.

The “orthogonal bar,” and the “fluid shape” are coupled by a three-story atrium, which is transparent to allow the connection to exist as a light arch to future development.

Finally, interior forms and finishes further the concept, setting fluid forms, massing and patterns against orthogonal forms, massing and textures.