The Cannon Houston

The Cannon Houston (The Cannon) is the first completed phase of The Founders District, a 36-acre entrepreneurial environment that will include expansive commercial office space, modern multifamily housing, unique and experimental retail, and diverse food and beverage, all in a walkable, environmentally-conscious campus. Abel Design Group was selected to design the architecture and the interiors of The Cannon.


To create The Cannon, the Abel Design Group team transformed a former 1950s manufacturing building into a modern facility that can house many tenants, including the main tenant and namesake of the building, The Cannon, a coworking facility and startup incubator. 

While the original 65,000 sq. ft. structure of the building was maintained, 65,000 sq. ft. of new space was gained by adding a second level and two extensions to the building. The Cannon, the namesake of the building, and main tenant, is a multi-award-winning space that occupies 73,000 square feet of the building. The remainder of space in the building houses other complementary tenants.

The Cannon Co-Working Facility

The Cannon Co-Working Facility offers 131 rentable offices and 300 rentable open and dedicated desks. The space offers tenants many amenities including a theater, game room, event space, and a presentation gallery.

The overall building is120,000 square feet. Painted blue beams and columns running throughout the building are part of the remaining original building structure. The Cannon tenant space was designed as a co-working environment offering offices in various sizes, open “hot desk” benching work spaces, and a variety of collaboration opportunities. Collaboration areas include a significant break room that opens up into an outdoor courtyard, a wellness/yoga room, library, theater, training room, showers, and a number of meeting areas tailored to fit a variety of A/V needs. The nexus of the whole project is a “presentation gallery” that serves triple duty. Stadium style steps are used to connect the two floors, serve as additional lounge space, and create a “Shark Tank” style area for startups to pitch their concept to an audience.

Dramatic Entry Lobby Copper Pipes The Cannon Houston
Reception and Entry
Stadium Seating Transition Space The Cannon Houston
The Gallery Seating Area
Upper Level Video Screen above Stadium Seating The Cannon Houston
Second Floor View of The Gallery
Catwalk Upper Level Repurposed Warehouse Architecture The Cannon Houston
The Cannon Second Floor Overlooking Hot Desk Seating Area and Lounge
Hot Desking Collaboration Corporate Interior The Cannon Houston
Hot Desk Seating and Lounge
Corporate Interior Design Spiral Staircase to Library The Cannon Houston
The Library
Corporate Interior Design Cinema Seating The Cannon Houston
Corporate Interior Design Hot Desking THE CANNON HOUSTON
Rentable Hot Desk Space
Corporate Interior Design Meeting Room Space Corporate Interior Design Meeting Room Space THE CANNON HOUSTON
One of Several Huddle Rooms
Corporate Interior Design Meeting Room
Meeting Room
Corporate Interior Design Yoga Room THE CANNON HOUSTON
Wellness Room
Informal Seating Area The Cannon Houston
First Floor Lounge Space
Corporate Interior Design Breakroom THE CANNON HOUSTON Corporate Interior Design Breakroom The Cannon Houston
Break Room - Indoor and Outdoor Seating
Corporate Interior Design Breakout Space THE CANNON HOUSTON
Game Space and Lounge
THE CANNON HOUSTON Corporate Interior Design Breakout Space Dividing Barn Doors
View from Lounge into Break Room
Warehouse Redesign Architecture Green Space THE CANNON HOUSTON
Outdoor Gathering Space
Commercial Multi Use Building Architecture From Above
The Cannon Houston Aerial View