035. Asia Society

Asia Society Texas Center, 2012, architect Yoshio Taniguchi, 1370 Southmore Blvd., Museum District, Opening April 2012. Designed by super star architect Yoshio Taniguchi, the $48.4 million building is almost assured to have a star on the map of important Houston architectural monuments by the time it officially opens in April 2012. The 38,000-square-foot building takes up an entire block and includes an art gallery, theater, classrooms, reception spaces, a geothermal cooling and heating system and a fantastic view of the Houston skyline framed by an infinity water garden. Taniguchi is best known in the United States for his 2004 expansion of New York's Museum of Modern Art.

also by Kelly Klaasmeyer

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