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When Rand Elliott was tapped to design a new home for Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, he was intent on conceiving a structure that was uniquely of its place. But rather than looking to the region’s vernacular, landscape or cowboy past, the local architect and principal of his eponymous studio settled on something more ethereal: Oklahoma City’s wide open sky and radically unpredictable climate.

“They say the weather here is like riding a bucking bronco,” Elliott explains, noting that summer-like sunshine can shift to bowling ball–sized hail within 24 hours. “You either like those huge shifts or you don’t. But for natives of Oklahoma, it goes with the territory. I wanted to go beyond the history of the state — the Dust Bowl, the...

A Striking New Art Centre Captures the Spirit of Oklahoma

In the state capital, Rand Elliott Architects craft a darting, metallic complex that, according to the designer, could “only belong here.”

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