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A blazing red, sharp-featured angular outcrop on 150 Camp Street in San Antonio self-confidently sprawls across 14,000-square-feet. The Ruby City arts centre was built to fulfil the last wishes of the late Linda Pace, back in 2007, to create an enriching artistic hub for the city; the artist, collector and philanthropist succumbed to breast cancer that same year. Such was the specificity of detail of the building she had dreamed about, right down to the colour she wanted it to be in, that it was as good as made before it fell into a then-upcoming-architect David Adjaye’s (@davidadjaye) hands, to be given form, structure and character.
Ruby City, then, is a touchstone for everything that Adjaye stands for—meaningful buildings that enrich neighbourhoods as much as its people. And Pace could not have found a better collaborator for it. There was absolutely nothing nebulous about her intent or detail—it was a well-conceived blueprint that served as an articulate brief for the architect to work with. “Every project is always research-led, to begin with, so there’s a big emphasis to listen to the client’s narrative,” Adjaye says. Once that was achieved, he followed the process that he employs for all his projects. “We tap into our research team to dig deep into not just the utility of the project, but also what the place is because architecture for me is not just about filling in function but creating something that lasts and makes sense in the world.” #linkinbio
Photography: Dror Baldinger
Writer: Gauri Kelkar at San Antonio, Texas