the visible a reinvented art barn by diller scofidio + renfro


diller scofidio and renfro (DS+R) patterns a new residence for visible arts students at rice university, named the susan and fayez sarofim hall. positioned in houston, texas, the job will recall the picture of the so-called ‘butler constructing,’ a uncomplicated metal barn composition regarded for its flexibility and longevity. the style staff at DS+R reinvents this airtight developing type by freeing the steel body from its pores and skin to develop an extroverted mini-campus for all to have interaction with the arts.


sarofim hall celebrates the economic qualities of the butler building, which have traditionally made these industrial loft-like buildings so conducive to art creation, training, and presentation. the freshly unveiled style and design is characterized by its diagonal cleave which cuts across the length of the roof to determine ArtStreet, a central artery that invitations learners and readers into the heart of the area.

diller scofidio renfro sarofimaerial look at of sarofim corridor | visualizations courtesy of diller scofidio + renfro



artstreet and the front porch


the diagonal artery of sarofim corridor by diller scofidio + renfro (see much more) will be regarded as ArtStreet. this region will host a central collecting hub, and inherits the DNA of the arcades and courtyards all through rice college. in the meantime, the building’s steel body extends outward to turn out to be a ‘front porch’ for outdoor classes, exhibitions, film screenings, or reclining beneath the so-called ‘warhol tree.’


made alongside one another with houston-based mostly jackson & ryan architects (see more), workforce notes that the new sarofim hall will function as a device for the output of artwork throughout disciplines. every room, outdoors or indoors, will serve a objective in this approach. each and every wall and area of interest can come to be a floor for show. the venture will merge maker-areas and exhibition spaces for the students and professors at rice university.

diller scofidio renfro sarofimartwork avenue, watch from the southeast



sarofim hall’s highly developed specialized units


diller scofidio + renfro integrates its sarofim corridor with a 230-seat cinema and 125-seat efficiency place. these condition-of-the-art amenities will incorporate box-in-box acoustic separation, incorporating the most highly developed specialized units in assistance of the project’s programming.


the studios and facilities are intended to encourage cross-disciplinary generation and guard in opposition to obsolescence. the north developing studios occupy apparent room beneath the remarkable spans of the steel body, encouraging pupils to manage their do the job spots as required. the senior studios along the higher flooring can be likewise reconfigured to fulfill the various imaginative demands of the college students. 

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printmaking, portray, drawing, and senior studios

diller scofidio + renfro reveals rice university's future visual arts building 'sarofim hall'
look at inside the cinema

diller scofidio + renfro reveals rice university's future visual arts building 'sarofim hall'out of doors movie screening on west porch



task details:


undertaking title: sarofim hall

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

govt architect: jackson & ryan architects

locale: 2030 college boulevard, houston, texas

consumer: rice university

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

envisioned completion: 2024

By Indana