A leader in natural gas exports, Cheniere Energy in Houston, Texas has seen a rapid increase in productivity and revenue over the past few years. As such, they were in need of a larger space to accommodate the influx of employees required to sustain their growth pattern. They chose not to renovate their existing offices where they leased four and a half floors, but rather to relocate to the award-winning skyscraper, Pennzoil Place, in downtown Houston. The new space spans eight floors, covering more than 167,000 square feet.
Working closely with the designers at PDR Corp. Cheniere Energy was able to convey their vision of a minimalistic neighborhood of spaces that promotes connectivity and collaboration. To support the minimalistic design, white back painted glass was used throughout the main lobby area and was also incorporated as a decorative glass wall cladding in the elevator lobby.
"The PDR team considers Goldray's white back painted glass & custom glass elevator lobby to be one of the most successful elements of the project thus far, performing very well in both aesthetics and installation."
The new elevator lobby design welcomes employees and visitors with clean and simple etched white back painted glass panels. While at first glance the matte texture alludes to a more common type of wall cladding, the beauty of the architectural decorative glass is revealed when the abundance of natural lighting reflects off the surface.
The overall perception of Cheniere's new space can be summed up as traditional, with light and dark contrasts throughout the space. PDR, having used decorative glass in other projects, were familiar with the products' attributes and selected it for Cheniere's office design to add depth and texture to the common areas. Additionally, decorative glass fit the necessary requirements of a low maintenance building material, with the added bonus of a quick and efficient installation method.