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Marfa Contemporary Gallery in Marfa, Texas by Elliott + Associates Architects

 
April 24th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Elliott + Associates Architects

Reprogram and renovate the circa 1940’s Webb Brothers Gulf Service Station/Chrysler Dealership (located at the only stop light in Marfa) to house:

• Marfa Contemporary Gallery
• Timecar (car sharing rental)
• The Pizza Foundation
• An Artist in Residence Studio

North elevation showing the new building signage in the position of the historic signage.  The gallery entrance is under the Marfa Contemporary sign, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

North elevation showing the new building signage in the position of the historic signage. The gallery entrance is under the Marfa Contemporary sign, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

  • Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects (Michelle Jameson)
  • Project: Marfa Contemporary Gallery
  • Location: Marfa, Texas
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture 2013, Sketchup (our firm) and 3ds MAX (Skyline Ink, our animation consultant)

Northwest corner of the building looking east.  The gasoline filling functions under the canopy have been replaced with a custom designed concrete table and benches. This corner is the most popular seat in town, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Northwest corner of the building looking east. The gasoline filling functions under the canopy have been replaced with a custom designed concrete table and benches. This corner is the most popular seat in town, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

City Arts Center (Oklahoma City) is expanding its operations in the region. Having a satellite gallery in Marfa, Texas, a town with a well-established reputation in the international art arena, will stimulate further interest in CAC throughout the world. The Mission of Marfa Contemporary Gallery encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions.

Partial west elevation detail showing the new toilet doors and window.  The space is now offices for TimeCar.  Most people travel by bicycle in Marfa, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Partial west elevation detail showing the new toilet doors and window. The space is now offices for TimeCar. Most people travel by bicycle in Marfa, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

The Vision states, “we endeavor to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.” Marfa Contemporary Gallery incorporates and enhances the existing businesses, and includes a 2156-square-foot art gallery, administration offices, a studio for artists in residence, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a wet bar.

South elevation of the building showing an alley view looking north at a historic service door.  Note windows that have been filled in over time. Also notice the window heads are poured in place concrete. A dusk view with the sliding door open, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

South elevation of the building showing an alley view looking north at a historic service door. Note windows that have been filled in over time. Also notice the window heads are poured in place concrete. A dusk view with the sliding door open, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Architectural Concept:

  • Reinvigorate the historic corner site and building.
  • Be respectful of the building history.
  • Capture the spirit of Marfa.
  • Create a new presence for City Arts Center as a part of the new reinvention
  • Create a world-class art space
Detail under the entry canopy showing the blue polycarbonate and the existing steel windows. The sun creates magical changes throughout the day.  The space remains a deep blue during daylight hours, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Detail under the entry canopy showing the blue polycarbonate and the existing steel windows. The sun creates magical changes throughout the day. The space remains a deep blue during daylight hours, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

“Word Paintings” (inspirations):
What is the magnetism of Marfa?
• It is the effort of the journey.
• It is the endless landscape.
• It is the honesty of the place.
• It is the unexpected visual discoveries.
• It is the light..
• The light that exposes form.
• The light in a black sky.
• The light of surprise.
• The light of wonder.

Main gallery entry looking north, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Main gallery entry looking north, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Main gallery entry with light show and the blue glow outside, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Main gallery entry with light show and the blue glow outside, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view showing the relationships between volumes and structure within the space, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view showing the relationships between volumes and structure within the space, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

An overall view of the gallery looking west.  Notice the two mobile walls in the center, the translucent skylight, and the historic service door on the left.  The original concrete slab was left in place, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

An overall view of the gallery looking west. Notice the two mobile walls in the center, the translucent skylight, and the historic service door on the left. The original concrete slab was left in place, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Your first view as you enter the gallery from the Pizza Foundation looking south.  Notice the 6’ wide sliding doors that create security between the spaces. The exposed steel is waxed to prevent rusting, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Your first view as you enter the gallery from the Pizza Foundation looking south. Notice the 6’ wide sliding doors that create security between the spaces. The exposed steel is waxed to prevent rusting, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view of the southeast corner of the main gallery showing the historic service door and the existing concrete floor, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view of the southeast corner of the main gallery showing the historic service door and the existing concrete floor, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view of the gallery looking east with a mobile wall in the foreground.  The kitchen volume on the left has uplighting to provide fill light for the space, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view of the gallery looking east with a mobile wall in the foreground. The kitchen volume on the left has uplighting to provide fill light for the space, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view showing the relationships between volumes and structure within the space, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

A view showing the relationships between volumes and structure within the space, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

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