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One Shell Plaza

Identification

One Shell Plaza
117759

Map

Structure in General

skyscraper
existing [completed]
tube-in-tube
concrete
mat foundation
marble
curtain wall
white
modernism

Usages

commercial office

Facts

  • Clad with 27 tons of Italian travertine marble, quarried at Montecanti near Rome.
  • In Spring of 2004, some of the communications equipment on the large antenna was removed for maintenance work, which was finished by August of the same year.
  • The walls at the base splay outward slightly (at the lobby and mezzanine levels).
  • The building rests on a raised podium and faces City Hall Park.
  • World's tallest reinforced concrete building from 1971 to 1975; surpassed by Water Tower Place in Chicago.
  • Windows are glazed with bronze colored glass.
  • Located in the first floor lobby is a small museum illustrating the history of the Shell Oil Company.
  • Parking areas and a shopping mall extend beneath the podium as well as a connecting tunnel to the city's existing network of downtown, subsurface shopping arcades.
  • Located on the 49th floor is The Downtown Club, which has been a Houston tradition since 1972 and is an exclusive private club.
  • This is the world headquarters of the Shell Oil Company.
  • The antenna atop the building was once the primary transmitter for KRIV-TV, which began broadcasting the year this building was completed.
  • The structure is a double-tube system, in which the perimeter walls and a shear wall core combine to bear the load and form stiff resistance to winds.
  • The increased depth of columns at eight points, while acting as supplementary wind-bracing, gives the impression of a softy undulating exterior wall.
  • Tallest building in Texas from 1971-1980; surpassed by the Enterprise Plaza in Houston.

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Location

910 Louisiana Street
77002
Downtown
Inner Loop East
Houston
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

1,000.00 ft
714.01 ft
714.01 ft
687.99 ft
131.99 ft
191.99 ft
50
1971
1994
22

Involved Companies

MANNTECH Building Maintenance Systems

Wilson, Morris, Crain & Anderson

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP engineering, antenna site management, fire protection engineering, general contractor, landscape architect, lighting consultant, property management, tenant