temporary outdoor gallery

austin, tx

Atmosphere and Effect was our submission for the Temporary Outdoor Gallery Space 2 competition. The project called for a 10’x10’ or 10’x20’ module, referred to as TOGS, that would be used for the display of artwork during Austin’s annual Art Week Austin Festival.

The design proposal seeks to provide an ideal setting for the display of art by elevating its architecture to an art itself. To achieve this the following architectural strategies were proposed:


Surface—To develop a unique architectural expression that does not detract from the art, but accentuates and activates it. Inside, the TOGS become a neutral backdrop for the art. Outside, the elegantly milled TOGS become sculpture. Walls open up to provide an awning for the handicapped accessible entry ramps, blurring the distinction between inside and out and effectively doubling the amount of display space. When locked down at night the TOGS are lit from within, creating a beautiful light display, increasing its visibility while improving security.


Urban—To create an urban network of TOGS which is more than the sum of its parts. To achieve this, the TOGS are designed to relate to each other modularly. This allows for the possibility of interesting groupings, accommodation for varied site conditions and the creation of activated exterior display courtyards.


Display—To provide for flexibility in the display of varied media. Developing a system of anchors to be embedded as needed within any aperture of the TOGS surfaces, provides for the display of art that is mounted or placed on shelves on the walls, set on the floor, or hung from the ceiling.


Lighting—To create a diffused, even light for the display of art. Utilizing CNC technology in the fabrication of the walls and ceiling, soft, indirect lighting is achieved for the display of art through careful modulation of aperture size and material thickness.