DS+R Selected to Design Rice University New Arts Building Sarofim Hall

A machine for the production of art

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莱斯大学的新艺术大楼将被命名为“Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall”,并将由一个对莱斯大学和休斯顿的艺术环境有着深刻理解的团队担纲设计。

在莱斯大学校友Charles Renfro的带领下,Diller Scofidio + Renfro的设计团队从国际竞赛中获胜。Sarofim Hall的建筑设计将致敬前莱斯媒体中心和艺术谷仓的宝贵遗产,并在此基础上对预制建筑进行创新性的诠释。除了展览空间之外,艺术大楼还将容纳实验室、工作室、商店、教职员办公室和其他设施,为多领域的艺术家提供合作的平台。

Rice University’s new home for student art will be named Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall, and will be designed by a team with a deep appreciation for the arts at Rice and in Houston. Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s design team, led by Rice alumnus Charles Renfro, has been chosen for Sarofim Hall following a national competition. With architecture honoring the legacy of the former Rice Media Center and Art Barn, the new Sarofim Hall will be an inventive take on the prefabricated building, incorporating exhibition areas, labs, studios, shops, faculty offices and other facilities serving as collaboration points for artists across mediums.

▼从西北方向鸟瞰艺术大楼,Aerial from Northwest © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Sarofim Hall的瞩目设计将钢架从其表皮中解放出来,使封闭的建筑转变为外向的“迷你园区”,吸引着学生和教职人员进入受保护的外部空间,参与莱斯大学丰富的艺术活动。


The striking design for Sarofim Hall frees the steel frame from its skin, transforming a hermetic building into an extroverted mini-campus, welcoming students, faculty and the general public into its protected exterior spaces to engage with the arts at Rice.

The building functions as a machine for the production of art. Every space, enclosed or open, indoors or outdoors, serves a purpose in this process: making, thinking, discussing, experimentation and innovation all happen under one roof. Every wall and niche can become a surface or area for the display of art. The boundaries between disciplines, maker-spaces and exhibition spaces are blurred.

▼西侧门廊处的露天放映区,Outdoor Film Screening on West Porch © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

▼电影院,Cinema © Diller Scofidio + Renfro



DS+R’s vision for Sarofim Hall incorporates a glass-lined pedestrian ArtStreet that bisects the four-story structure and acts as a new entrance to the university, welcoming the public to witness what’s happening inside the new space.

Part living room and part work yard, the ArtStreet reveals the inner workings of Sarofim Halls program. Glazed facades along the street let light, air and views deep into the flexible floor plates. Oversized industrial doors invite the ground floor workshops, and studios to spill into the ArtStreet throughout the seasons.

▼从东南方向望向“艺术街”,Art Street from Southeast © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Sarofim Hall充分利用了巴特勒建筑(Butler Building)简约且经济的特性,创造出与之类似的具有工业感的阁楼空间,能够助力艺术创作、教育和展示活动。“艺术街”由贯穿场地的斜向“缝隙”界定出来,犹如一条中央动脉,将师生和附近的行人引向建筑的核心,以及包括电影、媒体、摄影、印刷、绘画、雕塑和表演在内的各院系的空间。

Sarofim Hall capitalizes on the economical properties of the Butler Building, which have historically made these loft-like, industrial spaces conducive to art production, education and presentation. A diagonal cleave through the site defines the ArtStreet, a central artery that pulls students, faculty and passers-by into the heart of the building. The building contains the Film, Media, Photography, Print-making, Drawing, Painting, Sculpture and Performance departments.

▼版画、绘画、素描和高级工作室,Printmaking, Painting, Drawing and Senior Studios © Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Location: 2030 University Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Owner/Client: Rice University
Lead Architect: Diller Scofidio+ Renfro
2020 Rice University selects a team led by Diller Scofidio+ Renfro from an international design competition
2022 Anticipated Groundbreaking
2024 Anticipated Completion

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