Arthouse: Austin, TX

  • Both a theater and department store in previous incarnations, Arthouse (20,830 sq.ft. with a modest $4.4 million construction budget) blurs any distinction between art and architecture. It's lighting both dazzles and embraces modernity through light and form. Despite a tight budget and strict energy allowances, the team focused on creating functionality and strong visual elements. The walls of the building 'speak', as palimpsest retains the building's history and is now artistically punctured by LED illuminated green glass blocks that have become a signature of the building both during the day and at night.