Texas Tower redefines the workplace for how we live and work today

Houston, TX, USA

An inspiring addition to the city’s skyline, Texas Tower catalyzes a reinvigorated Downtown Houston neighborhood through connections to the Arts District, Market Square, and the Buffalo Bayou. This forty-seven-story tower and the global headquarters for Hines was designed specifically with the tenant experience in mind to create an energizing and creative environment for a live, work play lifestyle in the heart of downtown.

Large luscious rooftop gardens
Multiple outdoor terraces bring access to the outdoors even higher up into the tower form.
“We put ourselves in the mindset of future tenants to create a building that is an exciting, healthy, and compelling place to work. It’s rare for an office building to foster the public realm in the way Texas Tower will.” — Fred W. Clarke, FAIA, RIBA, JIA

Partner-in-Charge Ed Dionne describes the form and function of the newly completed LEED Platinum tower.

Texas Tower reinvents the ground floor lobby experience as a social center and an enriching extension of the workspace.

Inspiring spaces and amenities for work and socializing

Texas Tower is positioned diagonally on its site, creating a powerful and distinct civic presence on the Houston skyline. This orientation not only sets a welcoming gesture to the building’s surrounding neighborhood, but also maximizes tenant outdoor spaces while creating direct connections from the ground floor lobby to retail and amenity spaces, fostering a vibrant extension of the workspace. It also positions the lobby in such a way that it is completely enveloped by numerous retail and social amenities for both the tenants and the adjacent community.

outdoor terraces

Vertical connectivity ignites a sense of community

The tower’s striking silhouette was designed from the inside-out. A highly efficient rectangular floor plate was carefully enhanced with large projecting bays. These elements maximize the ability for tenants to create a variety of dramatic interior layouts, be it arrivals or social hubs, all without inhibiting the need for future updates to interior layout. Outdoor terraces are included in these projecting bays, bringing access to a natural environment even on upper levels of the tower, offering an uplifting extension of the workplace and an organic gathering space.

People-first approach to sustainability

Leading with the highest sustainability and wellness measures, Texas Tower has met LEED Platinum, WiredScore and WELL Building Standards. Built to the highest standards developed in Houston, Texas Tower creates a supportive environment for the health and wellbeing of tenants while contributing to a more sustainable future.

More About the Project

Project Team

Principal Collaborators

  • Architect of Record: Kendall Heaton Associates, Inc
  • Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates
  • MEP: ME Engineers

Project Information

  • Location: Houston, Texas, USA
  • Client: Hines
  • Size: 1,140,000 sq. ft. / 106,000 sq. m.
  • Height: 735 ft. / 224 m.
  • Completion: 2022
  • Certification: LEED Platinum, WELL Building Standards, WiredScored
  • Firm Role: Design Architect


  • 2022, Landmark Awards, Houston Business Journal
  • 2022, Award of Merit, ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Projects
  • 2022, Excellence in Sustainability, ENR Texas & Louisiana Best Projects
  • 2023, Design Award, Texas Society of Architects
  • Renderings courtesy of Steelblue
  • Principal Project Photography: Jason O'Rear