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Houston Regent Square Set For 2010 Coronation

Regent Square is more the sort of name you'd associate to London but the Texan city of Houston seems to be getting in on the imperialist branding now with a proposed 28 storey residential tower.

The tower will stand on a site wedged firmly between the Galleria and Houston's downtown area as the first part of an $850 million dollar redevelopment of the area which will see developer, GID Urban Development Group, cash in on the proximity of the site to the plush River Oaks residential area.

Designed by Handel Architects, the scheme features low-rise buildings aping traditional terraces ringing much of the outer area of the site and enclosing a central courtyard. These will have ground floor retail outlets, apartments, and parking as well as a roof top pool.

The landmark element of the project is the tower which is designed by the architect to have a radically different look depending on which direction you are viewing it from.

Overlooking the courtyard on the western side is four vertical strips of acutely angled floor to ceiling glass facades with balconies on their corners as if they have has been concertinaed, a shape that's followed all the way to the fašade overrun.

The back of the tower, the eastern face, is more regularly designed like a Miami apartment block, with heavy framing of strips of glazing, external balconies sticking strongly outwards and the upper floors which step back giving their occupants generous roof terraces.

The project has already been approved and groundbreaking on Regent Square is scheduled to begin in 2010.
Regent Square Tower, Houston
Regent Square Tower, Houston
Regent Square Tower, Houston
Regent Square Tower, Houston