The campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, is being transformed 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 by Deborah Nevins & Associates that knits together a century's worth of signature architectural structures.

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The Susan and 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 Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus provides an active setting for three significant new structures:

• An 85,000-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 and the Caroline Wiess Law Building, and between the Glassell School of Art and the Kinder Building

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


Designed by Steven Holl Architects,
with plaza designed by Deborah Nevins & Associates

Construction takes place 2015–spring 2018

Learn more about the Studio School's current temporary facility on Holcombe Boulevard.
 

The L-shaped building is 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 the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza and provides ample outdoor space for programs and performances
• A street-level café for students and the public
• All Glassell School of Art students are served under one roof for the first time, since the new building houses both the Junior School and Studio School, as well as Core Program residents
• The BBVA Compass Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roofline offering dramatic views of the Sarofim campus

The Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation Center for Conservation

Designed by Lake|Flato Architects
Construction takes place 2016–2018

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

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