DesignBrachiating time is expressed with the addition of a new architecture in contract to an existing building. The design of artarc is envisioned in branching sections, threading through trees on the site at ‘T’ Space Reserve. The existing 1940 bungalow anchors the 2019 extension.
The CollectionA 42-year archive of literature, art and architecture records the passage of trends in contemporary design from 1977 to the present and is still growing. The archive holdings include original artwork, sketches, drawings and prints by a variety of artists. Artarc’s pride is its collection of artwork by renowned architects such as Louis Kahn, Zaha Hadid and Lebbeus Woods. A portion of the library’s collection of artwork will be on view at artarc.
VisionCurrently at 2,763 square feet, artarc is envisioned to continue to grow, with an additional 5,250 square feet of collection-expanding space planned. Archival materials are case studies from every step in the design process. Artarc’s wide range of materials enables visitors of all backgrounds and experiences to have thoughtful engagements with design theory and practice.
StructureThe super insulated construction has a green roof and the structure has a special fine grain mill finish aluminum skin. Artarc is heated and cooled via a single 500 foot deep geothermal well and has radiant concrete floors. The building is lit entirely by natural light through seven high-tech skylights donated by Velux Foundation. Local building materials supplier Williams Lumber contributed internal paneling, and Okalux has donated insulated glass for artarc’s façade.
Super insulated constructionGreen roofGeothermal heating and cooling (one 500 foot deep well)Radiant concrete floorsSolar Powered Skylights from Velux FoundationPolychrome insulating glass from OkaluxMill finish aluminum skin, custom corrugatedLocal interior wood paneling from Williams Lumber