Aris Market Square
Completed: August 2017
Height: 32 Stories
Square Feet: 645,128 GSF; 327,345 RSF
Units: 274 (1,195 SF Avg. Unit Size)
Aris Market Square is a sophisticated 32-floor residential tower located in the heart of the Theater District and overlooking historic Market Square, Houston’s first urban park. The tower offers 274 luxury apartments ranging in size from 570 to 2,227 square feet, appointed with contemporary European-style kitchens, wood floors, and upscale bathrooms and closets.
The tower architecture responds to its urban context by providing a richly paved and well-landscaped pedestrian area at the corner of Travis and Preston Streets to reinforce the lively neighborhood dining scene. Along Main Street, Aris offers a private “secret garden” pocket park, accessible by residents and patrons of Aris’s 9,100-square-foot restaurant space. Aris’s Main Street pocket park is designed to be reminiscent of the tree-shaded courtyards in the New Orleans French Quarter, with direct access to Metro Rail and the city beyond.
Along Travis and Preston Streets, large-scale architectural canopies cantilever out from the face of the building to reinforce the pedestrian nature of the existing retail neighborhood. The primary façade materials are brick veneer with accents of stone and glass to articulate a well-detailed podium structure, creating a pleasant human scale at the street level of the Market Square Historic District.
An active expression of the building’s design atop the historically-inspired podium, Aris’s amenity level includes an outdoor pool terrace with covered outdoor kitchen, interior club space, state-of-the-art fitness center, and library with custom vinyl-record listening lounge. All of these spaces provide an attractive community-minded complement to the distinctively appointed luxury apartments. The residential tower façade rising above the amenity level presents a rhythm of punched windows in combination with deep-set private balconies and expansive corner glass, offering urban windows to life above the street, and Houston’s dramatic city views. The tower completes itself with a glass-wrapped penthouse level and a cantilevered cornice to express the notion of a glass lantern, which gives the tower a distinctive night time image.