20世纪60年代和70年代美国的混凝土建筑面临拆除或翻新的处境，希望休斯顿大学布拉弗艺术博物馆（Blaffer Art Museum）项目能为后者引路。与1973年前的艺术学校的建筑相比，WORKac的扩建和翻新赋予了博物馆更强大的意义。建筑师回答了几个有关这个项目的问题。
As concrete buildings in the United States from the 1960s and 70s are faced with either demolition or renovation, hopefully projects like the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston point the way to the latter. WORKac's small yet dramatic addition and renovation gives the museum a stronger entrance and identity than the 1973 building it shares with the art school previously enabled. The architects answered a few questions about the project.
▼前门 Front Entrance请描述一下你的建筑设计的过程？
Can you describe your design process for the building?
We really started with a series of constraints: the budget, the internal circulation, and the lack of an institutional presence. To save money we then utilized new circulation to form the image of the building, tying together the three constraints into a strategic solution.
▼前门 Front Entrance
How does the completed building compare to the project as designed? Were there any dramatic changes between the two and/or lessons learned during construction?
Due to the fast-track nature of the process and the involvement of the general contractor from the very beginning, the final result is very close to the original design, with only some minor modifications due to the budget.
▼前门 Front Entrance
How does the building compare to other projects in your office, be it the same or other building types?
For us, it was a real step forward for the office – our most significant completed project outside of New York, our first real art museum and first university campus building.
▼前楼梯 Front Staircase
Are there any new/upcoming projects in your office that this building’s design and construction has influenced?
We were able to use some of our favorite materials, such as channel glass, in new ways and to incorporate some new details that we are now applying to other projects in the office.
How would you describe the architecture of Texas and how does the building relate to it?
Many Texas buildings – especially those that, like the original Blaffer, were built in the 1970s on university campuses – were designed to improve energy efficiency and cut down on exposure to the Texan sun by limiting the amount of windows. We were able to take advantage of the Northern exposure of the building to really open up the façade, giving the Blaffer a much more public presence and – by extension – opening up the campus to the city.
▼Large Gallery大型画廊▼Site Plan 现场平面图
▼Building Section 建筑剖面图▼Plan Diagrams 平面图