Introduction to Outram's Philosophy


the "unofficial" Duncan Hall web site

Rice University
Houston, Texas, USA

Duncan Hall is laid out on a regular grid of columns, separated by eighteen feet, eight inches. The grid can be seen clearly as the lines on the first floor plan.

The column centers always line up on the grid line. When a corridor runs through the column line, the corridor is centered on the grid line of the hypostyle.

Notice that the spacing of the hypostyle is altered by the double-bubble column (at grid lines 12 & 13, counting from the left). This lets gridline 4, the east edge of the western arcade, line up with the face of Abercrombie Lab while leaving the central axis of Martel Hall (the midpoint between grid lines 15 & 16) aligned with the centerline of the Lovett Hall arcade.