michael hsu office of architecture with method architecture
hospitality and retail
MKT is an innovative mixed-use development and a 2021 Texas Society of Architects award winner. The project transformed a complex of five former industrial buildings into a lively, pedestrian-friendly network of creative office space, restaurants, retail and other lifestyle brands. Creativity with the lighting was key to creating not only a pedestrian scale within the former industrial space, but also to aiding in wayfinding and creating unique and memorable moments places the space. Custom decorative fixtures were chosen to mark key entrances, while a suspended catenary system highlights a safe pedestrian pathway across parking areas and between buildings. Wherever possible inexpensive linear fixtures were used in a variety of ways such as uplighting architectural elements, lighting pathways from handrails, and creating an invigorating pattern among trusses to name a few.