March 27, 2020

Michael Hsu Expands His Office of Architecture With Launch of Houston Studio

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture, headquartered in Austin, Texas, has launched a Houston studio inside a mid-century building encompassing 1,300 square feet and employing eight architects and designers. Photography by Chase Daniel.

Business is booming in Texas. At least it is for Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The firm, which specializes in hospitality and mixed-use projects, has been headquartered in Austin since 2005. But with an increasing number of Houston clients, and after discovering an attractive mid-century building there, principal Michael Hsu has officially opened a second office in the city.

The 17-foot-long, dried-floral ceiling sculpture by Davy Gray. Photography by Chase Daniel.

After repainting the exterior white brick, enlarging windows, exposing the original wood ceiling, and installing new white-oak flooring, Hsu and team took advantage of the structure’s pedestrian-engaging storefront by commissioning Davy Gray owner Valerie Wolf for a site-specific ceiling sculpture that’s visible from the street. Formed from such dried flowers as amaranthus, tortum, and hydrangea, the installation mimics the “gentle slopes of a manicured and saturated earth-toned landscape,” Wolf says. Adds Hsu: “We think of our studio as a living space first.”

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