David Adjaye Designs “Ruby City” for Linda Pace Foundation in San Antonio

The Linda Pace Foundation has unveiled plans for a new building designed by Adjaye Associates. Planned to open in San Antonio, Texas in 2018, “Ruby City” will house the Foundation’s growing collection of contemporary art. The two-story structure, clad in “crimson-hued panels of precast concrete with glass aggregate,” will be distinct with its “dramatic rooftop of sloping angles and skylights that rise to varying heights and echo cut-away spaces at the building’s base.”

Rendering of Linda Pace Foundation’s Ruby City in San Antonio, estimated to open 2018. Image © Adjaye Associates

Rendering of Linda Pace Foundation’s Ruby City in San Antonio, estimated to open 2018. Image © Adjaye Associates

“When I visited San Antonio in 2007, and met with Linda [Pace], we sketched out ideas and together, we envisioned a building that would resonate with her dream of the Ruby City,” described David Adjaye in a press release. “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.”

The 14,000-square-foot building’s interior will feature a grand staircase that leads up to a series of three gallery spaces. It will be located on Camp Street as part of the Linda Pace Foundation campus, which includes the one-acre public “CHRISpark,” built in honor of Pace’s son, and the Linda Pace Foundation Gallery “SPACE.”

Rendering of Linda Pace Foundation’s Ruby City in San Antonio, estimated to open 2018. Image © Adjaye Associates

Rendering of Linda Pace Foundation’s Ruby City in San Antonio, estimated to open 2018. Image © Adjaye Associates

Linda Pace was an artist, collector, and philanthropist who died of cancer in 2007. She was “driven by the belief that art is a vital social force,” says the Foundation.

Ruby City is slated to break ground in 2016.

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