1801 Smith

Houston, TX

Project Description

The former 600 Jefferson Building, which was constructed in the 1970s, is located at the southern edge of downtown Houston, an area that is undergoing an urban transformation. When its current owners acquired the building in 2014, multiple residential, commercial office and repositioning projects surrounding the property were underway. The prime location made the opportunity to reposition the 20-story office building irresistible. To capitalize on the growth momentum in the area, Page was engaged as a design partner to develop a new vision for this real estate asset that would increase its market value while elevating its status and leasing potential.

Unoccupied lease space on the two lowest floors provided an opportunity to create an amenity base for future tenants. To support this new function, Page designed a new two-story glass envelope that updated the architectural façade at street level. A new entrance was added at Smith Street that elevates the beginning of the user experience and also allows the owner to use the more prestigious business address of 1801 Smith. Edge lighting was added to both portals on the Jefferson and Smith Street entries to create a warm glow at dusk.