The Sunnyland Co-op is a ground-breaking, sustainable development in Midtown Houston. The project will rehabilitate a 97,000 SF Art Deco-era building, which was once the 1920’s-1970’s headquarters of Suniland Furniture, into an architecturally-significant, LEED Gold, transit-oriented development that unites design-, culinary-, and arts-oriented businesses. As such, the developer is seeking to redefine green, not just in the creative reuse of the building itself, but also on the surrounding streets.
Asakura Robinson was asked to provide a streetscape improvement concept for the development which integrated complete streets principles and created usable, people-centered streets that encourage people to visit the development by foot, on bike, or by transit and to linger and enjoy shops, sidewalk cafes and open spaces. Our proposal used a “living street” concept that will seek to calm traffic and turn the streets into an amenity that can also be used for temporary marketplaces and other events.
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