AÂ set of unattended displayÂ posters spotted during Rice University’s graduation weekend appear to show interior and exterior renderingsÂ of the campus’s planned opera house. The drawings (which were reportedly laid out somewhere in would-be-next-door Shepherd School of Music’s building) included a campusÂ site planÂ showing the rendered structure’s footprintÂ in placeÂ between the existing music school and the remaining stadium-sideÂ parking lots.
Rice announced back in early 2014 thatÂ Diller Scofidio + RenfroÂ would be the architect for the project — but this designÂ doesn’t really look like the kinds of projects DS+R is known for. DS+R hasn’t yetÂ responded to Swamplot’sÂ attempts to confirm whether or notÂ the firm is still involved.
Included with the presentation materials was theÂ foamcoreÂ modelÂ below, which renders the building’s ornate exterior details in fullÂ 2D and demonstratesÂ some additional landscaping options:
Here’s a similarlyÂ angled digital view, looking head on toward the southwest fromÂ the Shepherd School’s building. The design seemsÂ to echoÂ bits and pieces of a wide range of other campus structures and design flourishes, from the nestedÂ arches of the Baker Institute to the green stone panels featured on the 1950s natural science laboratories on the campus’s north side:
A few interior shots were included, showing what appears to be a multi-story atrium with a green-and-whiteÂ checkered floor:
Photos of model and renderings: Swamplot inbox