Cool Architecture/Bad Design

August 7, 2008

On a recent visit to The Grove restaurant at Discovery Green Park, I took this photo.

The Grove, Houston, TX

I love contemporary architecture.

When I was younger, I dreamed of being a capital ‘A’ architect like Gehry, Kahn, Scarpa or Mike Brady.  But that was not to be my fate so instead I will find joy in destroying the hopes and dreams of other aspiring architects.

Although projects like the Grove look great, they can still be bad design.  Notice in the photo that the front door is accessed directly from the passenger drop-off by a set of stairs and is protected from rain by a canopy, an accommodation that the Architect (note the capital A) did not think was necessary for wheelchair users. It’s almost like he went out of his way to make life less convenient for the mobility impaired.  Is this technically a violation of the ADAAG or the Texas Accessibility Standards?  Maybe, read section 4.1.1(1)(b).