The New Glassell School of Art
The master plan for the Museum's campus transformation comprises two new buildings; a new conservation center; and a landscape plan that knits together a century's worth of signature architectural structures. Learn more about the overall campus redevelopment project.
This redevelopment plan includes the removal of the original Glassell School of Art building, previously at 5101 Montrose Boulevard, and the construction of a new building designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new building is designed to house students of both the Studio School and Junior School, as well as residents in the Core Program. Students may refer to this webpage for general campus-redevelopment information and construction updates.
An overview of the time line for Studio School classes:
- August 2015: Studio School classes move to a temporary facility on Holcombe Boulevard until construction is completed
- September 2015: Demolition of existing building begins
- October 2015: Groundbreaking for the new Glassell School of Art
- Late 2017: Construction is completed and new facility opens
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Temporary Facility on Holcombe Boulevard
► Temporary facility for Studio School classes: 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77021
Until construction is completed in late 2017, Studio School classes take place in a facility on Holcombe Boulevard, about seven minutes from the Museum campus. A former Nabisco factory, the building is being specially renovated for its new use for studio-arts programming. Students receive parking validation.
Highlights of the Temporary Space
• Ample studio spaces with natural light
• New labs for digital art-making
• A 100-seat theater
• Additional classroom facilities
New Glassell School of Art
When construction is complete in late 2017, the Glassell School of Art will have an 80,000-square-foot home designed by Steven Holl Architects. 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 Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roof that rises from an outdoor amphitheater to a rooftop trellis offering dramatic views of the Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus
How long will Studio School classes take place in the temporary facility on Holcombe Boulevard?
Classes are housed at the newly renovated Holcombe space until construction of the new Glassell School of Art is completed in late 2017.
Does this construction impact Junior School classes?
No. Junior School students are not affected until they move to the new Glassell School of Art building when it opens in late 2017. Classes continue at 5100 Montrose Boulevard until that time.
Does this construction impact the Core Program?
Yes. The Core Program's home has relocated to the Bermac Building, 4101 San Jacinto Street—about five minutes from the Museum campus. The Core Program moves to the new Glassell School of Art when the building is completed in late 2017.
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