The Asia Society Texas Center, which was established in 1979 in part by former First Lady Barbara Bush and former Ambassador Roy M. Huffington, is today housed in an otherworldly, Yoshio Taniguchi–designed building. The Japanese architect is best-known for his renovation of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
A simple landmark in the midst of Rice University's carefully landscaped campus (another destination Robertson recommends), the Brochstein Pavilion was designed by architect Thomas Phifer and completed in 2007.
Designed by Renzo Piano, the Menil Collection contains some 17,000 works by a wide-array of 20th-century modernists, from Man Ray to Mark Rothko.
The Cy Twombly Gallery, also by Piano, shares space on the Menil Collection's campus. Based on a sketch by Twombly, the building is topped by white canvas sailcloth ceilings that allow natural light to filter into the gallery.
Robertson calls Kuhl Linscomb a "sprawling, somewhat disorganized" lifestyle store that is nevertheless "worth the trip." Indeed, the shop's plenty is its appeal, with design products in every vertical from children's furniture to fragrance.
Tour Christopher Robertson's cast-in-place concrete home in Houston, which he and his wife, Vivi Nguyen-Robertson, conceived as an unfolding sequence of simple geometric forms.