Texas Architect July/Aug 2006: Color
Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other editorial content largely written by AIA members in Texas. That collective participation was the basis of Texas Architect’s recognition by the national AIA with a 2010 Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement.
site plan 1 main Building 2 public Entrance 3 parking garage 4 preinspection building 5 delivery entrance 5 N 4 3 1 2 Martel College at Rice University MICHAEL Graves’ signature style also appears in another building recently completed in Houston. Martel College at Rice University (shown at left) exhibits similarities with the Federal Reserve, particularly in the treatment of Martel’s exterior where St. Joe brick is set in a “jumbo running-bond pattern” with precast concrete units used to mimic mortar. As with the Federal Reserve where he again played with the sense of scale on the facade, Graves was teamed with PGAL on the Rice project. The 107,000-sq. ft. Martel College includes student residences, classrooms, dining facilities, a new Master’s House, as well as a new combined kitchen facility serving Martel and two other colleges. Martel College opened in January 2001. Similarities in the interiors of the two projects also are evident. Martel’s dining hall expresses its structural system with large laminated wood arches that support glulam beams to create a large, double-height volume. While the Federal Reserve’s dining room is slightly less expansive, the articulated arches soar above the table groupings to Richard Payne, FAIA define a voluminous interior space. However, unlike the exposed wood arches in Martel’s 7 / 8 dining room, the arches in the Federal Reserve’s are finished with gypsum board. In both dining halls, the same pendant fixtures by Graves Design are installed. — Donna Kacmar, AIA 2 0 0 6 t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 31