Moody Center for the Arts / Michael Maltzan Architecture

Moody Center for the Arts / Michael Maltzan Architecture

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Houston, United States
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Michael Maltzan Architecture
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  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Endicott, Herman Miller, Hightower
  • Leadership

    Alison Weaver, Suzanne Deal Booth Executive Director
  • Unit

  • Michael Maltzan

    Michael Maltzan, Design Principal; Tim Williams, Principal in Charge; Jeanette Fabry, Project Manager; Andrea Manning, Project Architect; Matt Austin, Project Designer; and Hiroshi Tokumaru, Technical Coordinator
  • Project team

    Peter Erni, James Tate, Ann Soo, Jen Lathrop, Gee Ghid Tse, Pil Sun Ham, Alan Sillay, Peter Osborne, Collin Cobia, and Casey Benito
  • Contractor

  • Structural Engineer

    Guy Nordenson and Associates - Design Structural Engineer Cardno Hanes Whaley - Executive Engineer
  • Civil Engineer

    Walter P. Moore
  • Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Sustainability

  • Lighting Design

    Horton Lees Brogden
  • Theater Planning and Design

    Fisher Dachs Associates
  • Acoustic Engineer

    Nagata Acoustics
  • AV/ IT/ Security

    Rice University
  • Waterproofing

    Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
  • Interior Signage

    Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc.
  • Geotechnical Engineer

    Ulrich Engineers
  • Fire and Life safety

    Jensen Hughes
  • Total cost

    $30 million
  • LEED Certification

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© Thomas Struth
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Text description provided by the architects. The Moody interior is intended to create a sense of openness and possibility. Sightlines transect through spaces, creating layered views of the myriad activities taking place within the building’s production, instructional and exhibition spaces. Views extend simultaneously along major corridors and out to the campus, providing an easy orientation point for visitors, students and faculty and facilitating direct access to studios, classrooms and shops. Extensive interior glazing offers views into learning, production and exhibition spaces to highlight the experience of the artistic process as a complement to the exhibition of finished works. Along the building’s north façade a set of wide stairs rises from the first floor and turns back toward the Moody’s interior, creating an interior amphitheater that serves as an informal social space. 

© Nash Baker
© Nash Baker

The emphasis on transparency extends to the building’s exterior, with floor-to- ceiling glass along the majority of the first floor elevations. Arcades created by the second floor’s cantilevered massing create shaded walkways that make the building’s brick-clad upper story appear to levitate. Large picture windows punctuate the articulated brick façade in a playful rhythm and bring light deep into interior spaces. The design deftly incorporates aspects shared by many of Rice’s buildings. Pedestrian paths cut across the site’s open lawn and into the building, simultaneously organizing key interior program areas and linking the new building to the broader campus. The design creates an iconic home for Rice’s new arts center in the spirit of the Moody’s forward-looking vision that is equally at home on the University’s historic campus. 

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© Thomas Struth

Three signature Lanterns hover over the ground plan. Two are located at each end of the northern arcade, supported by the iconic "Starburst" columns. A third lantern houses the Moody’s coffee lounge. Illuminated from within at night they will become a collection of new beacons for Rice University. 

© Thomas Struth
© Thomas Struth

The first floor of the Moody features the Lois Chiles Studio Theater, a 150-seat Studio Theater for performing arts and its support spaces; the skylit Brown Foundation Gallery and central gallery for exhibitions and experimental performances; two media arts galleries; Creative Open Studio; and an interdisciplinary maker lab that includes a wood shop, metal shop, paint booth, rapid prototyping areas and a student classroom. Outside the Brown Foundation Gallery is an outdoor projection wall. 

© Nash Baker
© Nash Baker

The second floor features a break-out area, three classrooms (one of which doubles as an open studio); a large module studio, an artist’s studio, a technology lending library, audiovisual editing booths and a café. Offices and other administration spaces are also on this floor. 

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© Nash Baker

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Address: 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005, United States

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Cite: "Moody Center for the Arts / Michael Maltzan Architecture" 24 Feb 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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