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When you look at David Adjaye’s most recently completed American building, you see red. Ruby City, a contemporary art museum in San Antonio, Texas, has shimmering, earthy crimson facades; its vivid volumes stand out from both its dusty post-industrial block and from the ranks of contemporary high design.

And that’s fine by Adjaye. The Ghanaian–British architect sees Ruby City as having its own specific mission. “It is a place that really exists to inspire people,” he says. “And it seeks to make sense of where you are in the world — not in a literal sense, but through a sort of narrative.” In other words, through its own art. 

Inside the museum, linear skylights in the angular roofline illuminate works by, from left,...
The Ruby City Museum, by David Adjaye, is a Texas Gem

A dozen years in the making, the San Antonio art museum is a vibrant reflection of its setting.

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