The 2315 North Main project is conveniently located off the Metro and serves a vibrant, art-focused community. The site is 4000 SF of outdoor space, surrounded by street art that is painted by local (Northside) artists. The site also houses a 1000 SF historic, mid-century commercial storefront. Based on this context, the site is a strategic location to support the community’s art energy. The role of OAH is to propose a relevant and innovative design response + program to encourage this dynamism. OAH has partnered with several local initiatives to ensure appropriate community engagement. The project strategy is divided into three phases.
The first phase is a launch party on May 14th to exhibit the cohesive design combination of murals and site architecture that address the themes of food, family, and culture. This event hosts the community’s first connection to the site. For this occasion, OAH is collaborating with Greater Northside Management District, Northside Arts Center, Avenue CDC, Houston Metro, Living Paradigm, and Revolution Homes. The design consists of local artist murals on the historic building’s facades, complimented by a large community table with a colorful shade installation. This installation is built from construction waste to promote reuse awareness and reduce landfill impact. A survey will give the surrounding community a voice in the future design phase.
The second phase aims to restore the historic storefront for a long-term end user whose focus is to educate, grow, and promote Northside artists. The final phase will produce a sustainable design response for both the site and building. Together they will house a permanent use for both the community and the long-term user.