루비를 형상화하는 외형적 특징은 멕시코에서 제조된 프리캐스트 콘크리트로 구현됩니다. 강렬한 레드컬러의 콘크리트 물성은 사람들이 직접 손이 닿는 저층부에서 전체 건물 이미지를 나타내는 상층부를 따라 다른 질감으로 표현됩니다. 매끄러운 질감에서 거친 질감으로 달라집니다.
ruby city, a new contemporary art center in san antonio, texas, will open to the public in october 2019 — 12 years after the vision for the building was first imagined by the late linda pace. designed by sir david adjaye, the building will host the permanent collection of linda pace — a collector, philanthropist, and artist who passed away in 2007. the project will provide a place where the city’s thriving creative community can experience works by both local and internationally-acclaimed artists. ‘my goal was to translate linda’s idea into a building that will do justice to her legacy,’ says david adjaye. ‘it is a tremendous responsibility and one that is dear to my heart.’
designed by adjaye associates in collaboration with alamo architects, ruby city is inspired, in part, by the spanish missions found throughout the southwest, constructed by the spanish empire during the 16th to 19th centuries.‘linda had a clear vision for how the institution should be an inspirational space for the community and interact with its surroundings, drawing visitors into the jewel-like structure while connecting to the san antonio landscape,’ adjaye continues. ‘the building creates a narrative journey through the space that allows the collection to be accessed in an organic and meaningful way.’
the exterior skin consists of a precast concrete fabricated in mexico city, which has been imbued with a rich red giving the building its ruby glow. for the first ten feet up, the concrete is a polished finish, ground smoothly to be touched by passersby; above, the concrete wall is rough, sharp, and encrusted with varying shades of red glass. two crowning lanterns adorn the top of the structure, creating an animated roof-line that in turn draws natural light into the gallery spaces. the interior entrance and lobby have also been constructed in the same crimson hue, preserve pace’s original vision of a ‘ruby city’.