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Adjaye unveils designs for $16m Texas art foundation

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Adjaye Associates has revealed its designs for a new building for the Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio, Texas

The $16 million scheme, dubbed Ruby City, will display the art foundation’s 800 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works.

The two-storey structure will be clad in red pre-cast concrete panels with large windows giving views towards the city of San Antonio.

Inside the 1,300m2 building a grand staircase will lead to three floors of vaulted skylit gallery spaces alongside administrative offices.

The project will sit within the Linda Pace Foundation campus which also includes a one acre public green space opened in 2005 and the Linda Pace Foundation gallery which opened last year.

Commenting on the project, David Adjaye, said: ‘When I visited San Antonio in 2007, and met with Linda, we sketched out ideas and together, we envisioned a building that would resonate with her dream of the Ruby City.

‘Like a city, the design offers an organic, heuristic encounter with the Foundation’s works and my hope is that it will become a place where artists and the wider community can be inspired to realize their own dreams through a meaningful experience with contemporary art.’

Linda Pace was an artist, collector and philanthropist who established the modern art foundation in 2003. She died of cancer in 2007.

The scheme is set to open to the public in 2018.

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Project data

Location San Antonio, Texas, USA
Type of project art gallery
Client Linda Pace Foundation
Architect Adjaye Associates
Executive architect Alamo Architects
Project manager Norton Company
Contractor Whiting-Turner
Funding private
Cost $16 million
Area 1,300m²

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