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Bank of America Tower

Bank of America Tower is a 33-story, 750,000-SF office tower in downtown Houston. With an emphasis on creating public space and a rich pedestrian experience, a two-level open-air lobby connects the street level to retail and dining below with rich planting, engaging terraced seating, and specimen trees. A welcoming entry plaza with outdoor seating greets tenants and visitors on arrival. A redeveloped streetscape marries the lobby to the METRORail and surrounding urban fabric with inviting and walkable tree-lined pedestrian avenues.

A 24,000 SF sky park sits above the top of the 12-story garage structure. As a counterpoint to typical office tower roof gardens, the Sky Park is not part of a tenant space. Instead, it is a shared amenity accessed from common building amenity spaces and provides unobstructed views of the city’s iconic skyline.

The garden takes an organic shape that provides a variety of spaces for gathering, including seating opportunities under arbors that shield against the Houston sun and glare off the tower’s eco-friendly reflective glass. The mounded landscape (created by artful composition of insulating blocks and soil – to avoid excess structural loading) provides a planted horizon and lets one feel as if they are in a different world surrounded by the exceptional architecture of not only the Bank of America Tower, but its esteemed neighbors as well (including the Pennzoil building by Philip Johnson).

OJB included a rainwater collecting system for reuse in landscape irrigation. Water requirements were foremost in the selection and planning of all trees, shrubs, ground cover and grasses. The planting design, focused on native species and species highly adaptable to low water roof applications, appeals to local bird and bee populations and complements the sculptural topography of the roof. The planting scheme also positioned plants strategically on-site to maximize irrigation efficiency. Meandering pathways pass through ornamental grasses that provide visual relief of nature in the dense urban setting, while arbors have been strategically placed based on the daylight studies.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Houston, TX
Team:
Skanska, Gensler
LEED: Platinum
Photography Credit: Geoff Lyon

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Bank of America Tower is a 33-story, 750,000-SF office tower in downtown Houston. With an emphasis on creating public space and a rich pedestrian experience, a two-level open-air lobby connects the street level to retail and dining below with rich planting, engaging terraced seating, and specimen trees. A welcoming entry plaza with outdoor seating greets tenants and visitors on arrival. A redeveloped streetscape marries the lobby to the METRORail and surrounding urban fabric with inviting and walkable tree-lined pedestrian avenues.

A 24,000 SF sky park sits above the top of the 12-story garage structure. As a counterpoint to typical office tower roof gardens, the Sky Park is not part of a tenant space. Instead, it is a shared amenity accessed from common building amenity spaces and provides unobstructed views of the city’s iconic skyline.

The garden takes an organic shape that provides a variety of spaces for gathering, including seating opportunities under arbors that shield against the Houston sun and glare off the tower’s eco-friendly reflective glass. The mounded landscape (created by artful composition of insulating blocks and soil – to avoid excess structural loading) provides a planted horizon and lets one feel as if they are in a different world surrounded by the exceptional architecture of not only the Bank of America Tower, but its esteemed neighbors as well (including the Pennzoil building by Philip Johnson).

OJB included a rainwater collecting system for reuse in landscape irrigation. Water requirements were foremost in the selection and planning of all trees, shrubs, ground cover and grasses. The planting design, focused on native species and species highly adaptable to low water roof applications, appeals to local bird and bee populations and complements the sculptural topography of the roof. The planting scheme also positioned plants strategically on-site to maximize irrigation efficiency. Meandering pathways pass through ornamental grasses that provide visual relief of nature in the dense urban setting, while arbors have been strategically placed based on the daylight studies.

PROJECT INFORMATION
Location:
Houston, TX
Team:
Skanska, Gensler
LEED: Platinum
Photography Credit: Geoff Lyon