A New Campus for the Rothko Chapel

A New Campus for the Rothko Chapel

Architect
Architecture Research Office
Location
Houston, TX, USA | View Map
Project Year
2020
Category
Chapels
Elizabeth Felicella
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
FlooringStone Source
Groove
Roof trellisAccoya
LightingWe-ef
Accessories Bobrick Washroom Equipment
Ceramic wall tileDaltile
Mahogany windows (south and east walls)Duratherm Window Corporation

Product Spec Sheet
Flooring
Groove by Stone Source
Roof trellis
by Accoya
Lighting
by We-ef
Ceramic wall tile
by Daltile
Mahogany windows (south and east walls)

A New Campus for the Rothko Chapel

Architecture Research Office as Architects

The renewal of the Rothko Chapel building realizes Mark Rothko’s original vision and the expansion of its campus strengthens the Chapel’s mission of social action.

photo_credit Elizabeth Felicella
Elizabeth Felicella

The design challenge was two-fold: to restore the sense of awe that visitors experience in the presence of Mark Rothko’s fourteen monumental paintings; and to create a new campus which is grounded in both the singular power of the Chapel and the unique character of the neighborhood without overwhelming them.

photo_credit Elizabeth Felicella
Elizabeth Felicella

Connected to the Chapel grounds across Sul Ross Street, a new north campus is an ensemble including the Suzanne Deal Booth Welcome House (Phase I), Program Center, Archive and Office building, Energy House (Phase I) and relocated guest house. While the chapel is intended for introspection as a sanctuary for contemplation, the new campus is designed to invite the outside world in, supporting the institution’s call to social action.

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