Pelli Clarke Pelli to design Frost Tower in US

17 September 2015 (Last Updated September 17th, 2015 18:30)

Architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has been selected by Weston Urban and KDC to lead the design of the Frost Tower in San Antonio, US.

Architecture firm Pelli Clarke Pelli has been selected by Weston Urban and KDC to lead the design of the Frost Tower in San Antonio, US.

The 400,000ft² office tower will be Frost Bank's headquarters. Construction is expected to start in late 2016 and finish by 2018 or 2019.

Pelli Clarke Pelli members Fred Clarke and Bill Butler will lead the development.

Texas-based KDC has been appointed as developer for the tower project, while Alamo Architects will serve as the local consulting architects.

"Fred and Bill have consistently wowed us with their firm's understanding that great design is, in large part, local design."

Weston Urban president Randy Smith said: "Throughout the lengthy selection process, Fred and Bill have consistently wowed us with their firm's understanding that great design is, in large part, local design, all the while bringing their international experience to bear.

"Pairing with a firm of this caliber is representative of the entire team's ambition for the project."

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects senior design principal Fred Clarke said: "This transformative project will extend the commercial district of Houston Street to the vibrant redevelopment of San Pedro Creek."

Frost Tower is planned to be constructed diagonally across from the existing Frost Bank headquarters at West Houston and Flores streets.

Under an agreement, Frost Bank will move its headquarters into 250,000ft² of the new building's planned 400,000ft².

The city of San Antonio will then unite several of its workers, currently spread across the city, into the Frost building.

Pelli Clarke Pelli has designed several towers worldwide, such as the International Finance Center in Hong Kong, the World Financial Center in New York, and the Petronas Towers in Malaysia.