The groundbreaking for the Linda Pace Foundation’s new structure, conceived by its founder Linda Pace (1945-2007) and designed by acclaimed architect Sir David Adjaye, took place on May 31 at 150 Camp Street off of S. Flores Street.  The modern crimson-hued building will house the Foundation’s growing collection of more than 800 paintings, sculptures, installations and video works by contemporary artists from around the world.  The $16 million project, which includes a 14,000-square-foot, two-story building, is privately funded by the Linda Pace Foundation.  In addition to Adjaye Associates as the design architects, the local teams that are working on the building project include Alamo Architects.

The building is a part of the growing Linda Pace Foundation contemporary art center, to be known as Ruby City.  Ruby City also includes CHRISpark, built in 2005, a one-acre public green space named in memory of Pace’s son; and SPACE, the Linda Pace Foundation Gallery, which opened to the public in 2014 and presents special exhibitions and programming throughout the year.  

According to the Foundation’s website, breaking ground is the next step in fulfilling the vision and parting mandate of the dedicated art collector Linda Pace, who sketched the initial inspiration for the ruby structure after waking from a dream.  Pace believed strongly in the power of art as a vital social force.  Admission will be free. 

The exterior of the structure will be clad in deep red panels of precast concrete with glass and mica aggregate that will shimmer in the light.  Strategically placed windows will overlook CHRISpark and a new sculpture garden.  The building will feature a rooftop of sloping angles and skylights that will rise to varying heights and echo cut-away spaces at the building’s base.  The entrance plaza, formed by the building’s cantilevered structure and the ground floor lobby, will share the vibrant ruby color pattern.  A grand staircase will take visitors to a series of gallery spaces.

The building is slated for completion in late 2018, to coincide with San Antonio’s 300th birthday.  A public opening and inaugural exhibitions are planned for early 2019.  

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