The project is a small office building addition for the executive and support personnel for Texas Steel Processing, a carbon alloy and stainless steel plate processing facility in Houston, Texas, specializing in precision plasma cutting, rolling and press breaking with CNC technology. Separating the office functions into a smaller building, contextually compatible with existing building patterns, was an eminently more sensitive response to the problem. This solution provided a campuslike atmosphere, with a new building that would take advantage of daylight on all four sides of its perimeter. Weathering steel screens, indexical to the program, are what allow the building to perform autodidactically. Combining the logic of machining and digital input, Powers Brown Architecture came up with a pattern, and the client, who has never before provided services for architectural applications, manufactured them.


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