The illuminated exterior facade of the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) Arthouse is as vibrant and interesting as the contemporary art that it exhibits within. Located in Austin, Texas, the AMOA-Arthouse is a brilliant renovation from LTL Architects -- the team who also wowed us back in October with their living wall office design. This time around the designers have converted a former theater, updating its original architecture with contemporary features. Situated at the Jones Center, the 160-year old space now houses an innovative art site within a textured white shell, speckled with translucent colored glass.
LED lights are integrated into the exterior of the art house — a modern addition to the historic structure that brings the building into visibility at night. The architects envisioned the building to stand out from its urban environment, creating a “visual dialogue” between its contemporary exhibitions and the neighborhood around it.
Many of the original features have been maintained, such as the Queen Theater’s murals and exposed wooden ceilings. A roof deck provides a great space to look down onto the city below and is lit up by light boxes during outdoor movie screenings. With a grand suspended staircase constructed to hang 35 feet from the ceiling, the space has been carefully created so that its modern features complement the original design.
Images courtesy of Michael Moran