Rice University Moody Center for the Arts
2013-2017 | Houston TX
Client Rice University
Architect Michael Maltzan Architecture
Structural Engineer Cardno Haynes Whaley Associates
Consulting Structural Engineer Guy Nordenson and Associates
Awards 2017 AIA California Council Design Honor Award
The Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University houses a diverse program of instructional, studio, performance, and exhibition spaces that encourage collaboration across disciplines. Emphasizing the idea of openness is a double-height space at the center of the structure and an upper story that appears to levitate over the floor-to-ceiling glazing at the ground floor. At the exterior two structural steel “starburst” column structures support masonry screen walls suspended above the ground level pedestrian plaza below. The above-grade structure is composed of a cast-in-place concrete foundation and ground floor framing with steel framed superstructure and concrete slab on metal deck. At the roof level, secondary steel beams frame the roof steps and provide support for the unfilled metal roof deck.