New images of Rice University’s Moody Center for the Arts revealed by Michael Maltzan Architecture

The arts center will foster creativity for making and presenting works across all disciplines

August 16, 2016 |

Rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

“Art” is a small word with a large, multifaceted definition far exceeding its character length. While many people may define art as that which is on display at a local gallery, art can actually be found, in one way or another, across just about any discipline imaginable. It makes sense, then, that Rice University’s new Moody Center for the Arts is conceived as a multi-disciplinary lab that will contain “an experimental platform for creating and presenting works in all disciplines,” ArchDaily reports.

The 50,000-sf building will be located in the new arts district of the campus along with the Shepherd School of Music and James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace. The structure will be composed of an art gallery space, a 150-seat black box theater, an experimental performance space, and a café. A natural-light-filled atrium, which contains a maker lab and immediate access to a wood shop, metal shop, paint booth, rapid prototyping areas, classrooms, a technology library, and AV editing booths, is envisioned as an interior campus quad.

The building’s exterior will feature a brick-clad upper story with cantilevers that create covered walkways below. The floor-to-ceiling glass-encased entry level will provide a strong juxtaposition to the second level’s brick exterior.

A new artist-in-residence program will also be housed in the Moody, with Mona Hatoum set to be the first resident beginning in spring 2017, just a few months after the building is scheduled to open to the public on February 24, 2017.

Currently under construction, the Moody is funded by a $20 million grant from the Moody Foundation, a charitable organization with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs and community development. Among others, the Brown Foundation is also providing funding.

 

Rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

 

Rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

Photo courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

Rendering courtesy of Michael Maltzan Architecture, Inc. via ArchDaily

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