Rendering by Johnston Marklee


Menil Drawing Institute

Houston, TX

Market: Cultural


Johnston Marklee & Associates


2017 Progressive Architecture Award, ARCHITECT magazine
2016 American Architecture Award, The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

Rendering by Johnston Marklee

Set on the thirty-acre Menil Campus, the Menil Drawing Institute is the first museum dedicated entirely to the art of drawing. In three distinct volumes the museum houses areas for study, exhibition, and conservation surrounding an open-air courtyard. A thin steel plate roof, reminiscent of a folded sheet of paper, unites the spaces below. Wide roof overhangs and the surrounding trees shade the building from the Houston heat, while still allowing natural light into certain spaces through full-height windows. SGH consulted on the building enclosure for this one-story museum and an adjacent stand-alone mechanical building.