Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Austin, TX | Houston, TX


Heights Mercantile

Heights Mercantile is a low-rise urban market district in Houston’s historic Heights neighborhood. The development reimagines several forgotten structures into a collection of adaptive spaces along the Heights Bike Trail.

A reflection of the neighborhood, the project tells the layered story of Heights’ history through a varied language of building types, materials and colors. The gathering of new construction with adapted warehouses, bungalows and commercial buildings folds old and new together to create a relaxed, community-oriented destination. The carefully curated tenant mix includes first to market specialty brands and chef-driven restaurants.

The landscape and preserved tree canopy work together with a series of patios, decks and walkways to tie the distinct buildings together. Existing structures have been opened with ample glazing and clerestory roofs to bring in natural light. Custom architectural detailing in the masonry, steel and glass produce fresh and inviting spaces. Retailers used unique signage, artwork, color and material textures to customize spaces and bring unique character to each piece of the project. Throughout the development, playful artwork adorns the paving while an alley of trees with string lights connect the development to the trail and city beyond.

This creative neighborhood spot has enhanced the vibrancy of a key corridor of Houston and provided the community with an easy place to gather.

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Status: Built
Location: Houston, TX, US
Firm Role: Architect