The Independent Arts Collaborative has selected architectural firms Lake|Flato and Studio RED Architects to design the organization’s new art complex planned at Main and Holman in Midtown, Houston. The multi-tenant performance and exhibition space will be designed with the input of nearly 40 Houston arts groups, and will be located steps from the Ensemble/HCC METRO stop.
“This team allows us to bring strong urban place making, theatrical expertise, and an industrial/regional design together to catalyze the creation of the Midtown Arts district,” says Bill Neuhaus of Studio RED Architects.
With an estimated cost of $25 million, the 67,000-square-foot complex is planned to feature a 300-seat theater, a large exhibition space, two rehearsal halls and three black box performance spaces, as well as classrooms and office space.
Studio RED has a strong commitment to the arts and to Midtown, the home of the firm’s office in Houston. Neuhaus led the 1992 Main Street Study that identified Midtown as “the most valuable piece of undeveloped urban real estate in Houston” and called for the rail line to be on Main Street.
“The IAC complex will be part of the first true transit-oriented development in Houston,” says Neuhaus.
Slated for completion in 2015, the effort to build the project started in 2004 by arts organizations such as Diverse Works, Main Street Theater and Suchu Dance that were tired of renting. Its founders envision it providing an affordable home for arts and cultural organizations.
For more information about the IAC, visit http://www.iachouston.org/