Rice University
Klein Hall for Social Sciences

Rice University
Klein Hall for Social Sciences

The first building on a new formal axis of the expanding campus, Klein Hall for Social Sciences sets new precedents for site planning, massing, and materials on this lush academic enclave. The feasibility study for this 80,000-square-foot facility resulted in a dense academic community that enables both collaboration and privacy among the six departments housed in the building.

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A sunken inner courtyard accommodates mandatory and compensatory storm water storage in its landscaped basin, which transforms Rice University’s traditional formal courtyard pattern into a dynamic, productive ecological system. The building’s mass, envelope, and orientation take advantage of Houston’s climate to amplify breezes and mediate the blazing sun.