BG Group Place is a signature 46-story office tower developed by Hines and located in downtown Houston at 811 Main Street. Containing approximately 1.5 million square feet the stunning Houston development was designed by the internationally recognized architectural firm of Pickard Chilton.
The new tower has enlivened Houston’s historic Main Street aesthetically and demographically. While the building’s surface reflects Houston’s glittering downtown, its upper floors serve as the headquarters for BG Group, a British natural gas firm. The ten-story podium of stores and restaurants, connector tunnel contribute to street and below street level vibrancy. A sky-garden at the 39th floor surrounds a five-story atrium that glows in the night skyline.
Certain distinctive elements of the design originate in the Texas climate. Horizontal sunshades of glass and aluminum sweep around the building’s curved north and south facades, protecting tenants from the Texas sun while allowing daylight in the tower as well as expansive views out. Vertical glass fins shade the west façade from the low evening sunlight. These cooling features helped BG Group Place be the first LEED-CS Platinum-certified skyscraper in Texas, adding innovative sustainability to the building’s contributions to the city.
The lighting deisng scope encompassed all base building components including all public areas, building feature lighting and site landscape lighting. A sky garden at the 39th floor surrounds a five story atrium illuminated with integral curtain wall lighting and provides a glow effect in the night skyline.
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