Design Solutions - Winter 2018 - 27

Cheniere recently
relocated its headquarters
offices into 189,000 square
feet in the iconic Pennzoil
Place in downtown Houston.
Offices are located on nine
floors, eight of which are
connected with a new open
stair. The space was designed
by PDR Corp., a Houstonbased architectural firm.
Architectural woodwork for
the project was fabricated
and installed by Brochsteins
Inc., an AWI member firm
located in Houston.

Contemporary Style
Cheniere Energy wanted
a space that celebrated
its growth and reflected
a dynamic and modern
company operating in a
traditional field. It wanted a
stimulating and comfortable
workspace that promoted
collaboration and group
problem solving while also
communicating elegance
and incorporating industrial
design elements.

at a
glance
AWI MANUFACTURING
MEMBER:

Brochsteins Inc.
LOCATION:

Houston, Texas
ESTABLISHED:

1935

"The fit-out needed to
build upon their existing
culture, move the workplace
toward a more open and
connected arrangement,
and support a very agile
workforce," explains PDR's
Stuart Harris, AIA. "We
developed a timeless,
minimalist aesthetic, through
lighting and a design that
reflected the company and
its standing in the forefront
of its industry. It is a modern
take on a traditional, muted
palette."
Addressing the need for
a more open, connected
arrangement, PDR developed
a "collaborative core" that
brings together a variety
of functions on every floor
incorporating break, phone,
and huddle rooms, a copyprint center, and the new
internal stair. The core draws
employees together, fostering
impromptu conversations
and a sense of community.
This space is the heart of
the office, and reflects the
corporate culture.

Contemporary
Materials
Brochsteins' Richard
Shelley notes that quartered
Walnut veneer in custom
gray stain and matte white
lacquer paint were used
throughout the project.
"Walnut was used because of
its consistency, richness, and
ability to obtain the quantity
of logs containing long and
wide flitches necessary
to complete the design
aesthetics laid out by PDR."
Stainless steel, backpainted matte glass, and
warm dark gray-stained
Walnut paneling on the walls
and ceiling in the elevator
lobbies set the tone of the
space, adds Harris. "With
ceiling height constrained,
finishes and materials move
from floor to wall and onto
the ceiling, pushing and
pulling in shallow planes to
form the illusion of expanded
spaces."

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