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.
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.”