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cally two-way vaulted underside and subtly tapered exposed concrete columns (greatly admired by the Design Awards jury) help make the building appear to lift and almost float above the articulated ground plane. Each facade is specific to its orientation and interior performance requirements while also courageously offering a new interpretation of the historic campus material palette. The north-side glazing’s Penrose pattern (multisided shapes based on the golden ratio, which hints at the analy tical exploration taking place inside) is rendered in a ceramic frit to decrease heat gain and glare within the office spaces behind the glass curtainwall. Facades were developed by means of testing a series of prototypes, including large-scale models erected in the architects’ office and full-scale mockups built on site by local sub-contractors using actual materials. As described by juror Steve Dumez, FAIA, KieranTimberlake’s Brockman Hall “doesn’t mimic the vocabulary or the architecture there on the Rice campus, but is incredibly inventive in the way in which it fits in.” In addition, the project offers a multitude of lessons on how a technically complex building type can artfully balance exacting performance criteria with aesthetic sensitivity to a campus context. Donna Kacmar, FAIA, is an associate professor at the University of Houston’s Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture.

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards  

The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA;...

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2011: Design Awards  

The September/October 2011 edition featured the Texas Society of Architects’ Design Awards. Jurors – Steve Dumez, FAIA; James Russell, FAIA;...