The Sterling at Regent Square

Finalist: Best Mid-Rise Apartment Community (Six-Nine Stories)

Contact: Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards

Sterling Regent Square building
Sterling Regent Square Pool
Sterling Regent Square lobby
Sterling Regent Square lobby bar
Sterling Regent Square interior of complex
Sterling Regent Square collaborative space

Location: Houston, TX
Award Applicant: CBT Architects and GID
Architect: CBT Architects
Developer: GID
General Contractor: Arch-Con Corporation
Interior Designer: CBT
Photographer: Shannon O'Hara Photography
Marketing Firm: Windsor Communities
PR/Advertising Firm: PC Group
Web Designer: Digible
Project Website:

Project Statement

“Where Houston meets New York City” — this concept is the inspirational spark that became The Sterling, Houston’s urbane multi-unit residence anchoring the rising, pedestrian-oriented Regent Square neighborhood. The Sterling’s development transforms an underused site into a cosmopolitan destination. With chic interiors and a spa-worthy courtyard, The Sterling synthesizes the best of hospitality and resort design.

This 1 million-square-foot, Texas-scale multifamily project wraps its eight-acre, block-wide site, framing two residential courtyards and embracing Regent Square’s public open space. It is the second phase of the 24-acre Regent Square master plan to bring a mixed-use district to the heart of Houston. Comprising four interconnected residential buildings and a public plaza featuring 50,000 square feet of retail, the 590-unit Sterling is a luxury residential setting and a dynamic and inclusive public place. Activity-based retail, including world-class restaurants, wraps around the plaza.

Balancing urbanity and approachability, The Sterling fosters connection indoors and out. Offering studio, one- and two-bedroom units, a rich, indoor-outdoor amenity package supports residents from wellness to socializing to working from home. An innovative interior architecture approach — incorporating mechanical mezzanine levels — allows for double-height spaces uncommon in low-rise buildings, creating spacious amenity environments combined with the desirable courtyards that low-rise construction makes possible.

The Sterling’s signature 50,000-square-foot pool courtyard — the size of a football field — includes a spa and wraparound bar, while an adjacent, smaller courtyard is a peaceful retreat. The fourth level connects both courtyards through an al fresco piazza and hosts the 16,000-square-foot interior amenity program, creating a social hub. Conferencing, group dining and entertainment lounges, including a double-height gaming lounge, are reserved. Notable amenities include a wellness center, dog spa, media lounge, three demonstration kitchens, two bike storage/repair rooms, and a dedicated bike path to a popular recreation spot, Buffalo Bayou.