Awty International School Student Center
The Awty International School Student Center dramatically reshapes the existing campus serving 1400 students in grades 2 – 12 in Houston, Texas.
713 Music Hall is a 90,000 SF renovation of the historic renovation of Barbara Jordan Post Office. Live Nation's design features a large, flat general assembly area with a tribune of raked seating hovering above the main floor. The tribune of fixed seats clad in fiberglass grating provides expansive views throughout the venue. The flat floor allows for limitless arrangements and complex scenography. With a capacity of 5,000 occupants, the music hall host large concerts, comedy shows, and private events.
The venue's industrial materials and ephemeral lighting effects define a series of spaces leading to the primary performance. Aluminized fabric heat shields—a nod to NASA and Houston's space history—envelop the lobby bar. Stainless steel grids supported by cattle fence insulators line the walls providing an armature for merchandise and posters. The lobby offers a sealed environment for decompression and building anticipation like an airlock.Beyond the lobby, a double-height polycarbonate wall forms a translucent threshold dividing the main space into two zones—a band of circulation to the west and a central void to the east. The west band caters to intimate gatherings and social encounters, while the void is adaptable and offers room for mass spectacle. Within the translucent band, a bright yellow stair links the different audience levels and culminates in a hidden lounge where a seating landscape encourages playful interactions.