Presenting the 2018 Best of Design Awards winner for Building of the Year

2018 Best of Design Award for Building of the Year: Transart Foundation

Location: Houston

The Transart Foundation by SCHAUM/SHIEH was developed for a Houston-based artist/curator working at the intersection of art and anthropology. The project consists of two buildings: a repurposed 1,200-square-foot private art studio and a new, 3,000-square-foot primary building for visitors that holds exhibitions, performances, and salon-style dinners. The second and third floors of the new construction include an office, a conference room, a cavelike nook, and a roof terrace. The facade is clad in smooth white stucco panels, creating a tectonic language that allows gaps and seams to manifest as swooping window frames. The structure incorporates thick timber beams in a manner akin to a Dutch barn, carved so that the front corners join precisely in front.

“I am especially impressed by SCHAUM/SHIEH’s ability to generate complex spatial effects from what are essentially graphic motives—an ambition that would literally fall flat in lesser hands.” Jesse Reiser, Principal, Reiser + Umemoto

Structural Engineer:
Zia Engineering and Environmental Consultants

Welch Construction

Lighting Designer: 
Lighting Associates

Custom Nook Fabricator: 
Jeff Jennings and Steve Croatt

Custom Steel Windows: 
Cedar Mill Co.


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