Ruby City is a contemporary art center designed by architects David Adjaye and Alamo Architects. The permanent collection of the center, located in San Antonio, USA, is the works of art that the American artist and collector Linda Pace collected throughout her life. Ruby City, located in an old industrial area to the south of the city center in San Antonio, is a project that establishes a cultural relationship with the region it is located in and undertakes the mission of being a source of inspiration for the creative society of the city.
Opened in October 2019, Ruby City was founded in 2007. A few months before Linda Pace died of breast cancer, she is meeting with David Adjaye for a museum and art center project where she can exhibit her collection of 500 works. Pace, who is also an artist, shares his imaginary “ruby city with bright red towers and minarets” and small sculptures made from sketches with Adjaye.
Adjaye Associates completed the design of the project by working with Alamo Architects, a local architecture firm. The building is 16th-19th in the city. It was designed inspired by the shelters that were the work of Spanish rule ruled for centuries.
Colored precast concrete panels are used on the facade of the building, giving the entire museum the ruby character. In the first floor part of the building, where visitors can access, a smoother surface has been obtained by polishing the panels used on the facade, and a more rough and hard surface has been preferred by leaving the panels as they are at the upper levels. These panels produced in Mexico were used not only on the facade of the building, but also on the sculpture garden of the center and some seating elements. Thus, material continuity was ensured throughout the complex.