diller scofidio + renfro reveals rice university’s new arts setting up sarofim hall

Yoshiko Yap

the visible a reinvented artwork barn by diller scofidio + renfro


diller scofidio and renfro (DS+R) patterns a new property for visual arts students at rice university, named the susan and fayez sarofim hall. situated in houston, texas, the challenge will remember the picture of the so-named ‘butler making,’ a easy steel barn composition regarded for its versatility and toughness. the design staff at DS+R reinvents this hermetic constructing variety by freeing the metal frame from its skin to build an extroverted mini-campus for all to engage with the arts.


sarofim corridor celebrates the economic features of the butler constructing, which have historically manufactured these industrial loft-like buildings so conducive to artwork creation, instruction, and presentation. the recently unveiled style is characterized by its diagonal cleave which cuts throughout the size of the roof to determine ArtStreet, a central artery that invitations pupils and guests into the heart of the space.

diller scofidio renfro sarofimaerial watch of sarofim hall | visualizations courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro



artstreet and the entrance porch


the diagonal artery of sarofim hall by diller scofidio + renfro (see much more) will be recognised as ArtStreet. this area will host a central gathering hub, and inherits the DNA of the arcades and courtyards all over rice college. in the meantime, the building’s metal body extends outward to become a ‘front porch’ for outdoor courses, exhibitions, movie screenings, or reclining beneath the so-identified as ‘warhol tree.’


made alongside one another with houston-based jackson & ryan architects (see more), crew notes that the new sarofim corridor will purpose as a device for the generation of art throughout disciplines. each room, outdoor or indoors, will serve a purpose in this procedure. just about every wall and niche can come to be a floor for show. the job will merge maker-spaces and exhibition spaces for the pupils and professors at rice college.

diller scofidio renfro sarofimartwork street, watch from the southeast



sarofim hall’s advanced technical devices


diller scofidio + renfro integrates its sarofim corridor with a 230-seat cinema and 125-seat general performance space. these point out-of-the-artwork services will consist of box-in-box acoustic separation, incorporating the most superior technical units in guidance of the project’s programming.


the studios and services are built to inspire cross-disciplinary generation and guard in opposition to obsolescence. the north building studios occupy distinct room beneath the remarkable spans of the metal frame, encouraging pupils to manage their perform areas as required. the senior studios together the upper ground can be furthermore reconfigured to satisfy the various innovative requires of the students. 

diller scofidio renfro sarofim
printmaking, painting, drawing, and senior studios

diller scofidio + renfro reveals rice university's future visual arts building 'sarofim hall'
see within the cinema

diller scofidio + renfro reveals rice university's future visual arts building 'sarofim hall'outdoor film screening on west porch



venture facts:


task title: sarofim corridor

design architect: diller scofidio + renfro (DS+R)

govt architect: jackson & ryan architects

location: 2030 college boulevard, houston, texas

customer: rice college

landscape designer: OJB

theater marketing consultant: fisher dachs associate

acoustics + AV: threshold

structural engineer: martinez moore

civil engineer: walter p. moore

MEP engineer: wylie associates

predicted completion: 2024

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