Exterior view of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building; Photo by Peter Molick
THE NANCY AND RICH KINDER BUILDING
Designed by Steven Holl Architects the Nancy and Rich Kinder building is the third MFAH gallery building, and was designed to expand and enhance the MFAH campus while standing in complementary contrast to the existing buildings.
Some of the Architectural Highlights:
Some of the Architectural Highlights are:
- The Kinder Building comprises two floors and more than 100,000 square feet of exhibition space circling a three-level atrium space, with the distinctive roof allowing natural light to flood the central spaces.
- Gathered under a “luminous canopy” roof, the concave curves reference the billowing clouds that fill the “big sky” of Texas.
- Vertical, translucent-glass tubes clad the facades.
- The galleries increases overall MFAH exhibition space by nearly 75 percent.
- New destinations include the 215-seat Lynn Wyatt Theater, a restaurant, and a café.
- Seven gardens and six reflecting pools are inset along the building’s perimeter.
A short film was created to showcase the incredible conceptual design work and behind the scenes moments during the construction process.