Situated on Allen Parkway and Montrose Boulevard in Houston, TX, the Ismaili Center is a venue for educational, cultural, and social events, to encourage understanding and facilitate the sharing of perspectives across peoples of diverse backgrounds, faiths, and traditions. The Center’s design combines contemporary architectural technology – its light steel structure - with traditional Persian forms and ornament. Its design for sustainability includes assuring enhanced energy performance and longevity and durability of materials, by encasing exposed steel with concrete for a 100-year lifecycle and using stone for the building’s exterior walls.
Design & engineering, manufacture, and installation of 1,300 sqm (14,000 sq ft) of steel glass façades, 970 sqm (10,400 sq ft) of façades featuring glass blades up to 14 m/53 ft long, 600 sqm (6,500 sq ft) of all-glass façades (partly in zig-zag arrangement), partly translucent natural stone units suspended in front of the façades (1,100 sqm / 11,800 sq ft)
CLIENT: Imara Houston Inc.
DESIGN ARCHITECT: Farshid Moussavi Architecture
MAIN CONTRACTOR: McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
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