Market Street Square
The Woodlands, TX
Architect: Contacts Without Company
Market Street is an open-air, main street-styled town center development located in The Woodlands, Texas; one of the nation's largest master-planned communities. This remarkable project includes over 500,000 square feet of specialty retail, restaurants and office space as well as a 5-screen specialty theatre--all surrounding a two-acre green space park with a pedestrian-friendly intimacy. Highlighted by public art and elaborate water features, this project is a testament to the use and versatility of masonry in the design of pleasing architectural spaces.
Masonry was the material of choice for the designers and is used extensively to bring texture and life to over forty different facades within the development. With several individual buildings and two larger structures, the project utilizes almost every category of masonry available including natural stone; several types of brick; cast stone; engineered stone (e.g. Arriscraft); thin stone veneers; concrete, clay and natural stone pavers; split faced and burnished block and even a forty foot tall glass block "curtain wall". Masonry is used extensively in the hardscape elements including brick and cast stone planters and even includes cobblestone in parts of the street.
True masonry craftsmanship abounds in this project, which incorporates ornate gables with projecting brick accents, corbelled reliefs and extensive quoins and dentil work. Stone arches and specialty coursing, not seen often in today's projects, are utilized throughout the varying facades. Brick patterning ranges from subtle variations to pronounced contrasts in color and texture, which allowed the designers to give the project the feel of an old-style "main street". The development is so popular and aesthetically complementary to the community that The Woodlands has already adopted it for their annual 4th of July parade as well as many other events.
Lucia is proud of our involvement in Market Street Square and congratulates Trademark Development, Design Development Group and Gensler Architects for their superb vision.