Campus Redevelopment



From 2015 to 2019, the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, transforms with a new master plan: two new buildings, designed by Steven Holl Architects; a new conservation center, designed by Lake|Flato Architects; and a landscape plan that knits together a century's worth of signature architectural structures.


Project Updates


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Questions about the campus redevelopment? Contact us at expansion@mfah.org or 713.830.5280.

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The Fayez S. Sarofim Campus


Encompassing 14 acres in the heart of Houston’s Museum District, the MFAH campus-redevelopment project is a major contribution to the city’s efforts to improve the pedestrian experience of Houston. With an array of public plazas, reflecting pools, and gardens, as well as improved sidewalks, street lighting, and way-finding, the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus provides an active setting for three significant new structures:
 

• An 80,000-square-foot home for the Glassell School of Art
• A 164,000-square-foot-building for 20th- and 21st-century art: The Nancy and Rich Kinder Building
• A state-of-the-art conservation center: The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation

Additional key elements
• Two underground parking garages
• Two new, dedicated tunnels between the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building to the Caroline Wiess Law Building, and the Glassell School of Art to the Kinder Building

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The Glassell School of Art & The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza


Designed by Steven Holl Architects
Construction takes place 2015–2017

Learn more about the Studio School's move to a temporary facility on Holcombe Boulevard.
 

The new L-shaped building, constructed from a series of sandblasted, pre-cast concrete panels in a rhythm of verticals and slight angles.

Highlights of the New Glassell School of Art
• Fronts onto to the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and provides ample outdoor space for programs and performances
• Natural light in every studio
• A street-level café for students and the public
• For the first time, all Glassell School of Art audiences are served under one roof, since the new building houses Junior School and Studio School students, as well as Core Program residents
• The BBVA Compass Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roof that rises from an outdoor amphitheater to a rooftop trellis offering dramatic views of the Sarofim campus

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The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation

Designed by Lake|Flato Architects
Construction takes place 2016–2017

Anchoring the eastern perimeter of the MFAH campus, constructed on top of the existing parking garage, will be the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation—a glass rooftop structure that will house state-of-the art conservation labs and studios.

Highlights of the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation
• Passersby will be able to glimpse the activity inside from the sidewalk below
• Café installed on the ground level
• Brings the Museum's conservation team together under one roof and in close proximity to the Museum for the first time

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Support the Capital Campaign

Interested in learning more about the capital campaign, including how to give? Contact Emily Church, senior development officer, at echurch@mfah.org or 713.639.7874.

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