The Grove at Discovery Green

Houston, TX

Project Description

The Grove revels in being an extension of its memorable site, Discovery Green park, in the heart of a downtown Houston. This 17,180-square-foot restaurant is a series of long thin bars that run parallel to a magnificent double row of live oak trees. The first bar contains dining spaces above and below in a steel frame with large fixed and operable glass panels. Each space has a different vista into the complex web of trunks and branches through various kinds of glass that admit soft north light. The view under the tree canopy connects diners to the primary lawn of Discovery Green and to glimpses of intensely colorful, commissioned art work by Austin artist Margo Sawyer. The second bar is made of a ruddy Gulf Coast brick and houses two grand exterior stairs as well as bathrooms, an elevator and interior circulation. The third, containing the kitchen, is wrapped in sustainably farmed ipe wood. The final bar is brick again and houses delivery and administration.

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Awards

AIA Houston, Design Award for Architecture
IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter. Design Excellence for Hospitality.
Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Excellence
Gulf Coast Chapter, ASID. Best of Hospitality
Gulf Coast Chapter, ASID. Best in Show - Commercial

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