Oklahoma City-based Elliott + Associates Architects had four projects chosen for two prestigious international architecture and design shows this fall, one in Singapore and one in England. The projects are located in Oklahoma City, Stillwater and Marfa, Texas.
The World Architecture Festival (WAF) in Singapore chose RJ Marfa, a private residence in Marfa, Texas, and the Oklahoma State Postal Plaza Gallery in Stillwater. E+A was the only American firm chosen for the WAF.
Donald Judd purchased a tract of land near Marfa in 1979, a property that included portions of the abandoned Fort D.A. Russell, a former U.S. Army base. In 1986, the Chinati Foundation opened in Marfa to support the work of Judd and other contemporary artists.
“Judd liked to work on a large scale,” E+A owner Rand Elliott said. “His passions were art, architecture and landscape, and he combined all three with large-scale installations in Marfa.”
The residence was built for a fan of Judd, and Elliott described it as a weekend retreat, complete with a rooftop deck that enables people to sleep outside, under the Texas night sky.
“There is no light pollution in Marfa, so the stars are remarkably visible,” Elliott said.
OSU Postal Plaza Gallery
The other project selected for Singapore is the new Oklahoma State Postal Gallery Plaza in downtown Stillwater. The facility used to be the downtown post office, but OSU President Burns Hargis and University Architect Nigel Jones envisioned a teaching museum.
Elliott’s firm was tasked with creating a facility that could store and display art but the “back of the house” would be visible.
“The goal was transparency,” Elliott said. “Students will be able to feature their art there, but they will also get experience with the inner workings of a museum or gallery, including curating.”
Lingo Construction Services
Transparency is a contemporary theme, and one of the projects chosen for the World Interiors News (WIN) Awards in London in the Workspace Interiors category is the new home of Lingo Construction Services, 123 NW Eighth St. Much of the facility is visible from the street.
“The concept is called x-ray,” Elliott said. “Most often, the work of construction is covered up by drywall or other products, but Lingo gave us the opportunity to reveal the inside of construction. The walls are coated in a transparent polycarbonate that literally allows you to see into the walls.”
Marfa Contemporary Gallery
The WIN Awards also selected the Marfa gallery, the brainchild of OKC native Christian Keesee, a New York City-based philanthropist, businessman and art patron. Keesee is president of Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.
“Keesee purchased a gas station that was originally built in the 1930s,” Elliott said. “It is located on a pivotal intersection in the area, so we saw it as an opportunity to do something special with an historic building that is already a landmark. It’s a regional extension of Oklahoma Contemporary. It will feature regional artists [and] national and international artists.”
The WIN jury also selected the OSU postal plaza. Both the postal plaza and the Marfa gallery are shortlisted in the Museum and Exhibition category. E+A is the only American firm shortlisted in that category at WIN.
The WAF awards will be announced Oct. 1-3 in Singapore. WIN winners will be announced on Oct. 30 in London.