Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University

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Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University

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Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University

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Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University

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Brockman Hall for Physics at Rice University

The Brockman Hall for Physics is an 111,000-SF facility housing classrooms, laboratory space, lecture halls, and administrative offices for the Physics Department as well as physicists from the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at Rice University in Houston. Driven by Rice University’s belief that some of the most important moments on campus are instances of informal discussion and debate outside of the classroom, the design of the building and landscape seeks to provide a multitude of spaces for lively and inspiring conversation.

Sheltered from the sun by the building overhead, a ground-floor courtyard features a reflecting pool, raised ipe terrace, and enhanced plaza with movable furniture. OJB was also asked to redesign the “Courtyard of Science,” an interstitial space between the wings of Brown Hall to the south. A grove of honey mesquites organizes the space and intimate decomposed granite courtyards with movable furniture create a number of social spaces.

Location: Houston, TX

Team: KieranTimberlake, Arup Lighting, Walter P. Moore, Haynes Whaley Associates, Inc., CCRD Partners, Perkins+Will, JEAcoustics, Ulrich Engineers, Inc.

Awards:
SCUP / AIA-CAE Honor Award, Excellence in Architecture for a New Building; AIA Houston Design Award