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Brochstein Pavilion and Central Quadrangle

Thomas Phifer and Partners

America settentrionale | Houston

The latest addition to Houston’s Rice University, founded in 1912, is the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion designed by Thomas Phifer and landscaped by James Burnett. Funded by the Brochstein donation, the new pavilion, built in 2007/08, lies along the university’s central east-west axis, near the imposing Fondren Library building. It is part of a wider campus enhancement policy drawn up in 2005.
This essential square construction is designed to foster a sense of community by allowing social interaction among students, teachers and visitors to the campus. Its lightweight structure and transparency make it an inviting place to come and sit - a feature enhanced by the broad canopy running right round the pavilion. This trellis structure of tubular aluminium elements on a slender steel frame creates a modern-style portico sheltering the broad paved terrace and allowing interior...

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