Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
MATCH is a new home and centralized hub of creativity for a broad spectrum of Houston’s arts organizations. Performing and visual arts groups, previously dispersed across the city, now find opportunities for synergy and collaboration with one another. The result has been an accessible and vibrant destination that has enriched connectivity of the city fabric and reinforced the identity of the arts in Houston.
The facility consists of four dedicated black-box theater spaces, two rehearsal spaces, classrooms, gallery space, and office space. A generous public breezeway serves as the building lobby where outdoor performances and community events can take place. Each theater and gallery has a ‘storefront’ and lobby along this internal streetscape, outwardly expressing their image and craft to a varying and diverse audience.
The MATCH is a collaboration between the City of Houston and a local not for profit organization. In addition to its function as a center for the arts, the project was seen as a key contributor to the revitalization of mid-town Houston and reinforcement of the city’s public transit corridor.
Photography: Luis Ayala & Lara Swimmer
Associate Architect: Studio Red
Structural Engineer: Architectural Engineer Collaborative
MEP: Collaborative Engineering
Photography: Luis Ayala, Lara Swimmer