North College, Rice University Houston, Texan Dormitories Building, Architects, Architecture, USA

North College, Texas : Rice University Building

Education Development in the USA – design by Hopkins Architects

May 19, 2011

North College, Rice University

Rice University Dormitories – North College redevelopment

Date built: 2009

Design: Hopkins Architects

North College Rice University Building

Photos © Robert Benson

On a campus established in 1912 and amid a zoo of more recent additions by James Stirling and Michael Wilford, Cesar Pelli, Ricardo Bofill and others, Hopkins Architects were commissioned to design two new colleges, McMurtry College and Duncan College, providing a total of approximately 400 rooms, housing up to 650 students. Each quadrangle is completed by a ‘commons’ or dining space, the communal heart of the colleges.

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Walls are self-supporting of 8 inch deep bricks, reflecting the rich character of existing campus buildings, using a high lime content mortar, so that the bricks span across each façade of the building without being broken by expansion joints. This material honesty took the Texas construction industry by surprise and required extensive dialogue between architect, client, engineers and contractor.

North College Rice University Texas – Building Information

Title: North College, Rice University
Location: Houston, Texas, USA
Architect: Hopkins Architects Partnership
Client: Barbara White Bryson
Contractor: Linbeck Group
Structural Engineer: Haynes Waley Associates / Ulrich Engineers
Contract Value: $110m
Date of completion: Aug 2009
Gross internal area: 300,000 sqm

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Location: North College, Rice University, Houston, Texas, USA

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