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houston’s tallest multifamily tower, brava

Matt Klein

Located at the convergence of Houston’s Central Business District, Theater District, and Historic District, Brava is one of downtown Houston’s newest upscale residential development and helps fulfill the strong demand for downtown living, while preserving and enhancing its best asset: the views. Brava stands at 47 stories and the 429,999-square-foot tower is currently the tallest multifamily in the city, having been complete since 2022.

The arrival sequence and surrounding streetscape blend seamlessly with one another to connect residents to nearby Market Square Park and the Buffalo Bayou Greenway trails thanks to thoughtful integration of indoor and outdoor spaces. The 10th floor is home to one of the largest multi-family rooftop pools, outdoor kitchen and garden for outdoor fitness. On the 44th floor residents are able to enjoy even more amenities on outdoor lounge areas while looking out at panoramic views of the city.

Designed fully in Revit, utilizing this software allowed the design team to discover and seamlessly coordinate additional areas of the depth to support the 10th floor’s expanded sun-shelf area, resulting in one of the largest multi-family rooftop pools. While the pool is the visual icon, additional outdoor rooms were designed to provide a variety of opportunities for gathering and entertaining. An outdoor kitchen, garden, outdoor fitness, firepit, and sculpture coalesce to form a sleek, cohesive aesthetic for residents to experience and enjoy. The deck is filled with seating to accommodate visitors, too – from bar tops to sofas to chairs. It is a truly comfortable space.

The design recognizes and celebrates Brava’s location within the Theater District, which is specifically on the site of the former Houston Chronicle parking garage. Stories are integrated into the site’s design, like the edge of the tower and angled balconies that appear to be curtains twisting in the wind, as well as art installations inspired by the newspaper industry. Even the project name, Brava, honors its location within the theater district as the feminine form of “bravo.”

Brava recently received a 2023 Landmark Award in the multifamily category from Houston Business Journal. The Landmark Award recognizes projects that “make a significant impact on Houston and help sculpt the look, feel and image of the city.”