Aerial night view of the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, with the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building and the Glassell School of Art.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects Aerial night view of the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, with the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building and the Glassell School of Art.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, released renderings of a master plan, designed by New York–based Steven Holl Architects, to redevelop the Fayez S. Sarofim Campus, a 14-acre site in the Houston Museum District. In an aim to improve pedestrians' experiences, the redevelopment plans include unifying the campus, both within the grounds and for the surrounding neighborhoods, and installing improved street lighting and way finding. Additionally, Steven Holl Architects will design two buildings: a 164,000-square-foot gallery to house 20th and 21st-century art, and a new 80,000-square-foot center for the Glassell School of Art. A conservation center will be built by Lake|Flato Architects, based in San Antonio, Texas.

Model view of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects Model view of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building.


Established in 1900, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston—one of the largest museums in the country—already has an architectural legacy that can be attributed to earlier buildings by William Ward Watkin, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and Rafael Money, as well as a sculpture garden by Isamu Noguchi. Steven Holl Architects plans to encompass all of these varying elements and aesthetics with “overarching landscape plans,” creating a unified pathway to each building while carving out new public spaces, according to their press release.

View of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building entrance looking north on Main Street.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects View of the Nancy and Rich Kinder Building entrance looking north on Main Street.


The project, expected to begin later this year, is slated to be complete by 2019.

Steven Holl Architects, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, watercolor on paper, 2014.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects Steven Holl Architects, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, watercolor on paper, 2014.


Steven Holl Architects, Luminous Canopy, watercolor on paper, 2013.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects Steven Holl Architects, Luminous Canopy, watercolor on paper, 2013.


Steven Holl Architects, 7 Porous Gardens, watercolor on paper, 2013.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects Steven Holl Architects, 7 Porous Gardens, watercolor on paper, 2013.


Steven Holl Architects, Glassell School of Art, watercolor on paper, 2014.
Credit: Steven Holl Architects Steven Holl Architects, Glassell School of Art, watercolor on paper, 2014.