Located in the heart of one of the most artful and culturally rich neighborhoods in Houston, the “Heart of Montrose” seeks to build upon and grow this eclectic context in order to attract new residents and visitors to the growing district. Adding new high-rise rise mixed-use development to an existing lower scale area fronting the central intersection of Montrose and Westheimer, Perkins Eastman’s design seeks to strategically capture the quirky and unique culture of the place. Every square inch of the street level has been maximized for retail, restaurant, and cultural uses focused on the pedestrian experience. Alleys and passages create additional retail frontages ensuring every corner of the ground floor has activity and draws people into the spaces. Above the development, a series of mixed-use towers including residential, hotel, and office space. The towers rise up in a series of stepped terraces adding distinction to the Houston skyline, while the proposed rainbow bridge and dining chapel add vibrant and inviting design features below at the lower scale of the street. The design emphasis is on creating smaller scale spaces and experiences for bigger impact and greater value.