A study of Renzo Piano’s Houston gallery

CONSTRUCTION II [2015] INSTRUCTOR: CHRISTINA HANSEN

The Menil Collection is a high-tech, modern piece of architecture, which works to harmonize with its residential and park surroundings.  The architecture forms an interplay between interior and exterior environments via the use of glass curtain walls, external courtyards, glass roof panes, and organic, lamellae-shaped panels used for skillful control of light entering the gallery space.  The Menil Collection is almost 70,000 square feet in total, with approximately 30,000 square feet of gallery space.  This study was conducted with Evan Bruetsch, Monica Griffin, and Patricia Hazle.  My roles included drawing plans, drawing a detail of the lamellae system, developing the three dimensional model and aiding in renderings.