Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils designs that will complete an arts trifecta for Rice University

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An architectural homecoming is in store for Rice University as one of Houston’s native sons has returned to his alma mater with a new arts facility unveiled this past week by Diller Scofidio + Renfro

DSR co-founder and Rice alumnus Charles Renfro will be the lead architect on the new Susan and Fayez Sarofim Hall, an updated version of Rice’s now-demolished Art Barn that was originally commissioned by the illustrious de Menil family in 1969.

The Art Barn’s demolition made way for Michael Maltzan’s award-winning Moody Center, which will now be joined by the new prefabricated DSR structure, which pays homage to the erstwhile metallic barn and Media Center buildings which were themselves mass-produced by the Butler corporation in the years following World War II. Renfro says it will help consolidate interdisciplinary arts education on campus in order to better meet the demands of students and educators in this highly technical age. 

Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveils designs that will complete an arts trifecta for Rice University

Interior view of Sarofim Hall. Courtesy of Diller Sc…

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