Site Plan
Site Plan

Exaggerated site plan of Houston downtown and the 4 monsters: Toyota Center, the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Minute Maid Stadium, and the Mundeneum. 

Site: Voids
Site: Voids

These giants require a lot of parking. So does downtown. Though parking garages are common, many surface parking lots remain creating dull, programless voids.

Site: Giants
Site: Giants

The language of frames grew from site analysis. Houston downtown functions as on-off functions: the stadiums and convention centers are only "on" during events, similarly to downtown, which is open in the event of 9am to 5pm work. They create a large empty frame, inside and out: a Monday evening would be a completely dead swath of the city.

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Concept Image
Concept Image
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Plans and Sections
Plans and Sections

The void within the Mundaneum momentarily acts not only as a grand courtyard, but as also as an extension of Discovery Park, which is a few blocks away. As time moves on in the cultural city of Houston, the Mundaneum can expand inward: it can construct its campus within itself, with the core of human knowledge, the library, as the shell.

Access & Circulation
Access & Circulation

Houston is still a city of cars. Accepting this reality, the Mundaneum provides underground parking at its anchor where "destination" programs reside: auditorium, classrooms, reading room and study areas, restaurant/cafe and conference center. The book spiral starts at this anchor.

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Site Plan
Site: Voids
Site: Giants
Untitled-2.jpg
Concept Image
RENDERING-1 copy.jpg
munsec.jpg
Plans and Sections
Access & Circulation
mun_plansdia.jpg
RENDERING-2.jpg
mun_RENDERING-3.jpg
Site Plan

Exaggerated site plan of Houston downtown and the 4 monsters: Toyota Center, the George R. Brown Convention Center, the Minute Maid Stadium, and the Mundeneum. 

Site: Voids

These giants require a lot of parking. So does downtown. Though parking garages are common, many surface parking lots remain creating dull, programless voids.

Site: Giants

The language of frames grew from site analysis. Houston downtown functions as on-off functions: the stadiums and convention centers are only "on" during events, similarly to downtown, which is open in the event of 9am to 5pm work. They create a large empty frame, inside and out: a Monday evening would be a completely dead swath of the city.

Concept Image
Plans and Sections

The void within the Mundaneum momentarily acts not only as a grand courtyard, but as also as an extension of Discovery Park, which is a few blocks away. As time moves on in the cultural city of Houston, the Mundaneum can expand inward: it can construct its campus within itself, with the core of human knowledge, the library, as the shell.

Access & Circulation

Houston is still a city of cars. Accepting this reality, the Mundaneum provides underground parking at its anchor where "destination" programs reside: auditorium, classrooms, reading room and study areas, restaurant/cafe and conference center. The book spiral starts at this anchor.

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