Rice University Arts Center
Houston, Texas | Interior Curtain
The Moody Center for the Arts opened as Rice’s new home for creativity dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration through the arts. It features a Central Gallery that hosts experimental artwork exhibitions, dance performances and social events. Two custom designed curtains of metal fabric provide an open, yet protective, partition for the gallery. The curtain helps to promote a sense of openness and possibility and fosters connections between artistic disciplines. Our system attaches the flexible mesh fabric to top and bottom hooks so it can roll smoothly along a track. The mesh is hung sideways so it pivots at the rods. The curtain collapses and folds at the push of a button. And when fully extended, it can be locked to enclose the artwork on display.
"So much of what I was trying to do in this building was to not design a specific stand-alone space, but to make spaces that would feel very connected to each other where you would get a view of something you wouldn’t normally get a view of."