A set of unattended display posters spotted during Rice University’s graduation weekend appear to show interior and exterior renderings 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 campus site plan showing the rendered structure’s footprint in place between the existing music school and the remaining stadium-side parking lots.
Rice announced back in early 2014 that Diller Scofidio + Renfro would be the architect for the project — but this design doesn’t really look like the kinds of projects DS+R is known for. DS+R hasn’t yet responded to Swamplot’s attempts to confirm whether or not the firm is still involved.
Included with the presentation materials was the foamcore model below, which renders the building’s ornate exterior details in full 2D and demonstrates some additional landscaping options:
Here’s a similarly angled digital view, looking head on toward the southwest from the Shepherd School’s building. The design seems to echo bits and pieces of a wide range of other campus structures and design flourishes, from the nested 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-white checkered floor:
Photos of model and renderings: Swamplot inbox