Ruby City

Ruby City by David Adjaye




Ruby City
Image © David Adjaye

The Linda Pace Foundation announces the details of its new Adjaye Associates-designed building, which will open to the public in 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The building is the vision and mandate of the Foundation’s Founder, Linda Pace (1945-2007), who was driven by the belief that art is a vital social force. World-renowned architect David Adjaye has designed a building to exhibit the Foundation’s growing collection of over 800 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works by international contemporary artists.

Ruby City
Image © David Adjaye

The building will serve as a destination for visitors to contemplate and experience adventurous artwork from the recent past. Admission will be free. Called Ruby City, the building is slated for a 2016 groundbreaking, and a public opening in 2018. The design presents a two-story structure with an exterior clad in crimson-hued panels of precast concrete with glass aggregate. The planes are punctuated by strategically placed, oversized windows directed toward park and city views.

Ruby City
Image © David Adjaye

It features a dramatic rooftop of sloping angles and skylights that rise to varying heights and echo cut-away spaces at the building’s base. A grand staircase leads up to a series of three gallery spaces with concrete floors and white walls and ceilings. Totaling 14,000 square feet, it will include 10,000 square feet of exhibition space. Ruby City will be situated on Camp Street, and will be part of the Linda Pace Foundation campus extending from South Flores Street to the San Pedro Creek. Source by Linda Pace Foundation and images  courtesy of Adjaye Associates.

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