Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space, Art City, Austin, Texas (2008)
Jamie Crawley, AIA, LEED AP
A kit of parts for Art City, the design exemplifies a modular component solution with intent to showcase a variety of artistic media. Delivered to the site on a palette and easily assembled by two individuals, the design incorporates off the shelf components as a cost-effective, contemporary solution. The Mondrian-esque composition comprises stained solid plywood panels with a mix of translucent and transparent panels to allow filtered natural light within the space.
The spaces are designed to accommodate a single small exhibitor (10’ L. x 10’ W. x 12’ H) or by combining adjacent spaces an artist could double their kit of parts (20’ L. x 10’ W. x 12’ H.) In the event of rain, the butterfly roof with central rain collection gutter will direct rainwater into temporary cisterns in the space between two rows of TOGS. These cisterns are currently available to Austin residents and are provided by the City. Translucent roof panels provide filtered natural lighting while protecting against damaging UV radiation. The sandwich wall panel design with metal framing allows for the addition of concealed power for artificial light or power for an exhibit. With several natural variations resulting from this modular design, an eclectic collage of artist spaces will result in an ever changing and unique Art City, Austin, year to year.
Project Team: Rick Mies, AIA