Don’t stare: next week, Rice University will begin construction of a new 6-story parking garage, which will be hidden from roving eyes in the Med Center across the street by giant plastic scrims covered in images of fig leaves.Â The 496-space garage will go up on part of the existing Lovett parking lot (just off Main Street, northwest of the intersection with Cambridge, at campus Entrance 3) and will come with an attached office building tastefully tucked alongside (in pale blue below):
The office structure will follow the garage’s lead and attempt to blend in with its surroundings: the terracotta roofing tiles common around the campus will be echoed in the new structure by vertical terracotta fins running along the windows of floors 2 through 6. The building could hold as many as 295 work spaces, depending on final layout plans.
The project sits catty-corner to the ever-festive Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza tower, which currently houses some Rice administrative offices. The new garage and office structures were designed by Kieran Timberlake, the Philadelphia firm behind the dressed-to-impress physics hall that moved in across the campus in 2011.
- New office building, parking garage to be constructed [Rice University]
Rendering and map: Rice University