NBW, in collaboration with ARO, is currently designing a master plan for the Rothko Chapel in Houston. Founded by Dominique and John de Menil, and completed in 1971, the non-denominational chapel is home to 14 paintings by Mark Rothko which were specifically commissioned for the space. The Chapel is also home to the Broken Obelisk, a sculpture designed by Barnet Newman and dedicated to Martin Luther King, Jr. The surrounding neighborhood is home to the Menil Collection, and is known for its distinctive grey bungalows as well as for its cultural institutions. The design of the master plan will work within the context of the existing language of the campus, while carving out a unique voice and vision for the Chapel.
Collaborators: Architecture Research Office, George Sexton Associates, Collaborative Engineering Group, Threshold Acoustics, Guy Nordenson and Associates, Walter P. Moore, Kendall/Heaton Associates