Cambridge Architectural Curtains Foster Sense of Openness for Central Gallery at Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

Cambridge Architectural Metal Mesh Curtain at Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

“Our architectural curtains create a high degree of visibility within interior landscapes and are an attractive design alternative to enclosing spaces with walls and solid partitions.” — David Zeitlin, Cambridge Architectural Sales Director

Two custom-designed interior curtains of metal mesh fabric woven by Cambridge Architectural border the Central Gallery at the Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University. The new home for creativity on Rice’s Houston campus opened in February 2017 and is dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration through the arts.

Working with Michael Maltzan Architecture in Los Angeles, Cambridge wove two curtains of flexible metal fabric to provide an open yet protective partition for the Central Gallery. The space hosts experimental artwork exhibitions and has a sprung wood floor for dance and social events.

The mesh in Cambridge’s Mid Balance metal fabric pattern has 50 percent open area to meet the design intent of the architect and affirm the Moody Center’s mission to foster connections between artistic disciplines.

According to Michael Maltzan, design principal, the Moody Center’s interior space creates a sense of openness and possibility. Sightlines transact through spaces creating layered views of the myriad activities playing across the Central Gallery, other exhibition areas and the building’s production and instructional spaces.

“So much of what I was trying to do in this building was to not design a specific stand-alone space,” Maltzan said, “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…

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