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Chameleon Shotgun in Texas by Zui Ng with ZDES

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Article source: Zui Ng with ZDES

Situated at Historical Fourth ward Houston, Texas, Shotgun Chameleon (designed and build by Zui Ng with ZDES) is Inspired by Gulf Coast raised shotgun houses and versatility of chameleon skin. The design emphasizes programmatic flexibility and response to climate. The chameleon-like front screen element provides a myriad of facade possibilities to adapt this design to different urban contexts and to a variety of solar/ wind orientations. Possibilities include wood siding painted to blend with the street-scape, billboards where commercial uses are feasible on the ground floor, louvered wood (vertical or horizontal depending on orientation) to allow for breezes while blocking direct sun and providing privacy, solar panel screen to harvest solar energy, or vine covered screens reminiscent of French quarter balconies. As for the alternating wood slats screen on the sides, they provides privacy for both residents and the neighbors while allowing sunlight and wind to move through the house. A double height glass windows frame an ever evolving urban view at the South and a floor to ceiling opening frame the four seasons views of nature at the north.

Image Courtesy © Zui Ng with ZDES

Image Courtesy © Zui Ng with ZDES

  • Architects: Zui Ng with ZDES
  • Project: Chameleon Shotgun
  • Location: Fourth ward, Houston, Texas, U.S.A
  • Software used: Photoshop

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Casa Linder in Texas by Buchanan Architecture

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Article source: Buchanan Architecture

Casa Linder is a 3,700 square foot single-family residence located in a well-established, but transitional East Dallas neighborhood. Informed by the owner’s fondness for reclaimed materials, and inspired by the historic architecture of the Texas Blackland Prairie homestead vernacular, Casa Linder embraces the architectural heritage of the earliest Dallas settlers by blending the simple forms and materials of the original prairie dwellings with contemporary planning and crisp detailing.

street elevation at dusk, Image Courtesy © Buchanan Architecture

street elevation at dusk, Image Courtesy © Buchanan Architecture

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Main Stay House in Texas by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Saturday, June 4th, 2016

Article source: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Austin’s Bouldin Creek neighborhood provides a unique and ever-changing context to the Main Stay House. The challenges were both cultural and site-specific. The Main Stay House exists as a simple and straightforward proposal – an architectural experiment on domesticity – enabling lifestyle flexibility through clean forms, relatable materiality, and an urban infill living space that blurs the lines between inside and outside.

Image Courtesy © Charles Davis Smith

Image Courtesy © Charles Davis Smith

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The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion in Texas by Lake|Flato Architects

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Article source: Lake|Flato Architects

The Josey Pavilion is a multi-functional education and meeting center that supports the mission of the Dixon Water Foundation to promote healthy watersheds through sustainable land management. Traditionally livestock has caused more harm than good by overgrazing and not allowing our native prairies to play their important role in habitat and watershed protection, and carbon sequestration. The Josey Pavilion facilitates a deeper understanding of how grazing livestock as well as the built environment can work to do more good than harm.

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project: The Dixon Water Foundation Josey Pavilion
  • Location: 4528 County Road 398 Decatur Texas 76234, United States
  • Photography: Casey Dunn, Dror Baldinger
  • Project Owner: The Dixon Water Foundation
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Rural
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 5,400 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: January, 2014
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $1,800,000.00

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H-E-B at Mueller in Austin, Texas by Lake|Flato Architects, H-E-B Design + Construction, Selser Schaefer Architects

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

H-E-B at Mueller, an 83,587 square foot retail store and fresh food market, includes a pharmacy, café, and community meeting space. It is located in the Mueller neighborhood, a mixed-use urban village in Austin, Texas located just three miles from downtown and two miles from the University of Texas, with excellent access to public transportation, open space, and bike routes. The project site is in the Mueller market district and backs to the south onto a residential portion of the development. Input from the 16 surrounding neighborhoods and the City of Austin informed the project design, which showcases many sustainable design innovations.

Image Courtesy © H-E-B

Image Courtesy © H-E-B

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects, H-E-B Design + Construction, Selser Schaefer Architects
  • Project: H-E-B at Mueller
  • Location: 1801 E 51st Austin Texas 78723 United States
  • Photography: H-E-B
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: Selser Schaefer Architects
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building or Project Gross Floor Area: 83,587 square feet
  • Project Completion Date: July, 2013

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Hog Pen Creek Retreat in Austin, Texas by Lake|Flato Architects

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Article source: The American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Situated at the confluence of Hog Pen Creek and Lake Austin, Hog Pen Creek Residence was envisioned by its owners as a place that evokes the playfulness of summer on the lake and emphasizes exterior living space. Towering heritage oak trees, a steeply sloping site and aggressive setbacks from the water created challenging site constraints thoughtfully answered by the home’s L-shaped footprint and orientation. A long exterior boardwalk connects a series of structures that stair step down the hillside, crossing a 75-foot lap pool and terminating at a screened pavilion by the water’s edge.

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

Image Courtesy © Casey Dunn

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project: Hog Pen Creek Retreat
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Photography: Casey Dunn
  • Contractor: Don Crowell Builders
  • Structural Engineer: Datum Engineers
  • Lighting Designer: Studio Lumina
  • Specifications: Introspec
  • Landscape Architect: Garden Design Studio
  • Furnishings: Abode | Fern Santini Design
  • Surveyor: Bury + Partners
  • Arborist: Don Gardner Consulting Arborist
  • Woodwork: Thompson Woodworking & Design
  • HVAC Contractor: Ay Mechanical
  • Pool Contractor: Johnson Custom Pools

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Kirby Towers in Houston, Texas by Cisneros Design Studio Architects, LLC

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Article source: Cisneros Design Studio Architects, LLC

This 60s era office complex is located in Houston’s Upper Kirby District – an area which is quickly transforming into a trendy neighborhood and shopping district. The project consisted of the major renovation of the façade and two parking garages, new building lighting, and new exterior street signage.

Image Courtesy © Cisneros Design Studio Architects, LLC

Image Courtesy © Cisneros Design Studio Architects, LLC

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Houston Library and Exhibition Complex in Texas by MA2

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

Article source: MA2

The Houston Library and Exhibition Complex is the second installment in the initiation of dynamic architectural proposals for Houston, Texas and the greater development of ideas for American cities. The design functions along multiple trajectories of display corridors and library storage to interpolate exhibition with an expanded book collection for international reading and research. By having a series of harmonic manifolds of book collection space and the mixing of programmatic function for exhibition, it generates a dynamical system of flowing conditions which manifests with moments of extrapolation within the tectonic massing and circulation. Within the radiating tectonic corridors there is also included smaller botanical gardens which resonates with the surrounding landscape development as well, serving the community with a robust flower display and plaza.

Image Courtesy © MA2

Image Courtesy © MA2

  • Architects: MA2
  • Project: Houston Library and Exhibition Complex
  • Location: Houston, Texas, US

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Texas Exes Alumni Center in Austin by Miro Rivera Architects

Sunday, January 24th, 2016

Article source: Miro Rivera Architects 

The addition and renovation of the Texas Exes Alumni Center represents a significant expansion to the 1980s facility, designed by Charles Moore and Richard Dodge. The project complements the architectural sensibilities of the existing building with an updated material sensibility on the interior while taking advantage of the unique siting of the alumni center in relation to both the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium to the east and Shoal Creek to the west, as well as creating a strong connection to the adjacent Texas Cowboys Pavilion, also designed by Miró Rivera Architects.

Image Courtesy © Paul Finkel | Piston Design

Image Courtesy © Paul Finkel | Piston Design

  • Architects: Miro Rivera Architects
  • Project: Texas Exes Alumni Center
  • Location: 2110 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, Texas, US
  • Photography: Paul Finkel | Piston Design
  • Client: Texas Exes Alumni Association
  • Design Partners: Juan Miró, FAIA LEED AP, Miguel Rivera, AIA LEED AP
  • Project Architect/Manager: Edward Richardson
  • Team Members: Carina Coel, Bud Franck, Clayton Fry, Leland Ulmer
  • Height: 2 floors, 26′-4″
  • Area: 10,390 sf
  • Site: 0.4 acres (19,056 sf)
  • Code Occupancy: A2 3,994 sf), B (1,000 sf), F1 (938 sf), S1 (885 sf)

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Khabele Elementary Expansion in Austin, Texas by Derrington Building Studio

Saturday, December 12th, 2015

Article source: Derrington Building Studio

In 2013, the Khabele School purchased a 4-acre property with an existing daycare facility to expand their rapidly growing elementary program. In the school’s initial meeting with Derrington Building Studio principal, Tim Derrington, their directive was simple—design the campus as “a village in the forest.” The school’s limited budget and tight schedule, along with the site’s sensitive environmental restrictions, posed unique challenges.

Each teacher arranged their classroom in different ways, and broke each classroom into subzones that could not have been predicted, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

Each teacher arranged their classroom in different ways, and broke each classroom into subzones that could not have been predicted, Image Courtesy © Peter Molick Photography

  • Architects: Derrington Building Studio
  • Project: Khabele Elementary Expansion
  • Location: Austin, Texas, US
  • Photography: Peter Molick Photography
  • Software used: Vectorworks, SketchUp
  • General Contractor
: American Constructors
  • Civil Engineer
: Thompson Land Engineering
  • Total SF
: 3432
  • MEP Engineer
: EEA Consulting Engineers
  • Year: 2015

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