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Arthouse at the Jones Center

EXTERIOR ELEVATION SOUTH

Arthouse at the Jones Center

EXTERIOR ELEVATION EAST

SECTION LOOKING NORTH 1 ENTRY 2 GALLERY 3 OFFICE/WORKROOM 4 RESTROOM 5 STUDY/BREAKROOM 6 STUDIO LOUNGE 7 MECHANICAL 8 EGRESS STAIR

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Inside, a new laminated wood stair is suspended from a series of roof top sk ylight elements, serving to connect the lobby with the renovated second-floor exhibition gallery. Rather than hide the odd assortment of artifacts left from the building’s past as both a movie theater and department store, the architects incorporated this evidence into the expansive new gallery. A 56-foot-long mobile display wall hung from the reinforced ceiling structure allows the space to be configured in multiple ways to accommodate different types of exhibitions. The large corner window of the second-floor meeting/community room is configured so that it can also be used as a projection screen visible from the surrounding streets. Similarly, a new roof deck programmed as an event space and venue for outdoor films endows downtown Austin with a dynamic type of urban space unlike any available before. While the project ultimately succeeds in connecting the individual on the street to the art within, Arthouse at the Jones Center more importantly creates a new way for the people of Austin to connect to their increasingly vibrant urban core. J. Brantley Hightower, AIA, practices architecture in San Antonio.

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