Ruby市当代艺术中心,美国,Adjaye Associates


Ruby City is a 14,000-square-foot contemporary art center, with 10,000- square feet of exhibition space, in San Antonio, TX, dedicated to providing a space for the city’s thriving creative community to experience works by both local and internationally acclaimed artists. Envisioned in 2007 by the late collector, philanthropist, and artist Linda Pace, Ruby City presents works from Pace’s own collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, installations, and video works.


The new building, designed by renowned architect Sir David Adjaye and slated for completion later this year is part of a growing campus, which also includes Chris Park, a one-acre public green space named in memory of Pace’s son, and Studio, an auxiliary exhibition space which presents curated shows and programming throughout the year.

该建筑被设想为一个流动的循环:从地面开始,向上并通过独立的画廊房间,然后向下回到大厅和广场。外部形式包括一个 “更重 “的顶部,带有倾斜的檐口,强调其向上的提升,顶部有两个冠状的灯笼,创造了一个生动的屋顶线。灯笼在需要时将自然光带入画廊空间,再加上两个分别面向克里斯公园和圣佩德罗河的透镜,将视野重新引入到外部和整个圣安东尼奥。

The building is conceived to be experienced as an ambulatory loop: from the ground, up and through the independent gallery rooms, and back down returning back to the lobby and plaza. The exterior form consists of a ‘heavier’ top with sloping soffits, emphasizing its upward lift, topped with two crowning lanterns that create an animated roofline. The lanterns, in turn, bring natural light into gallery spaces, when desired, and coupled with the two lenses facing Chris Park and San Pedro Creek, respectively, reintroduce views back to the exterior and San Antonio at large.


The exterior skin consists of precast concrete fabricated in Mexico City and imbued with a rich red. For the first ten feet up, the concrete is a polished finish, ground to be touched smoothly by a passerby; above, the concrete wall is rough, sharp, and encrusted with two hues of red glass. The total effect on the building makes it appear as if this angular, rough, and sparkling rock, has been sheared at the level of human interaction. The contrast in smooth and rough becomes a signature decision to Ruby City.

Architects: Adjaye Associates
Area: 14000 ft²
Year: 2019
Photographs: Dror Baldinger, Mark Menjivar, Charlie Joslin
Structural Engineer: Guy Nordenson and Associates
Lighting Consultant: Tillotson Design Associates
Mechanical Engineer: WSP
Landscape: Madrone Landscape
Design Team:Adjaye Associates
Clients:Linda Pace Foundation
Façade Consultant:Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Elstner Associates Inc
Cost Consultant:Whiting-Turner
Collaborators:Alamo Architects
City:San Antonio
Country:United States