Architects consider nearly all of the buildings they design to be a piece of art. Austin by Ellsworth Kelly, which opened in February 2018 on the campus of the University of Texas, flips the narrative. The team of architects at Overland Partners worked with Kelly, an internationally acclaimed artist, to construct the final piece of art of Kelly’s distinguished career. The 2,715 square-feet structure, 30 years in the making and with a price tag of $23 million, marries art and architecture unlike perhaps any other in the state of Texas or even the nation.
“We approached this project with one thing in mind—execute Ellsworth’s intention,’’ said Rick Archer, an alumnus of the University of Texas and the Principal in Charge for Overland.