Rothko Chapel

Houston, Texas

The Rothko Chapel was opened in 1971 and was designed as a facility to present artist Mark Rothko’s “Black Paintings”, considered by critics to be among the most important works of art created in the latter half of the 20th century. Design consisted of renovations to the existing ~4,000 SF chapel to revise lighting, air conditioning, and the entry vestibule, bringing the facility more in line with the artist’s original vision of the presentation of his works. Additionally, a new addition to the Rothko Foundation campus was designed, providing ~15,000 SF of new structures for office, meeting, archival, storage, utility, and maintenance use.

Architect: Architecture Research Office (ARO)

Project Completion: September 2020

Project Budget: $24,500,000