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Cliff Dwelling in Austin, Texas by Specht Harpman

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Article source: Specht Harpman

Suspended on a narrow limestone ridge halfway down a cliff overlooking Lake Austin, this home builds upon the frame of an existing 1970s-era structure. The renovation re-works the processional sequence into and through the house making it habitable for an elderly couple, enhancing engagement with the dramatic site, and incorporating elements that have personal importance to the owners.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Project: Cliff Dwelling
  • Location: Austin, Texas, US
  • Software used: SketchUp
  • Project Category: Built Work
  • Project Type: Single-family Residence
  • Project Size: 6,203 sq. ft.
  • Completion Date: 2013

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West Lake Hills in Texas by Specht Harpman

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Article source: Specht Harpman

This house positions itself as a backdrop to a spectacular site, with a dense canopy of trees in front and steep ravine in back. Our goal was to preserve all of the site’s large live oaks while creating a sense of transparency that allows the landscape to flow through the living spaces.

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

Image Courtesy © Specht Harpman

  • Architects: Specht Harpman
  • Project: West Lake Hills
  • Location: Texas, US
  • Software used: SketchUp
  • Project Category: Built Work
  • Project Type: Single-Family Residence, Renovation and Expansion
  • Project Size: 5500 sq. ft.
  • Completion Date: 2011

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Marfa Housing in Texas by Barker Freeman Design Office

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Article source: Barker Freeman Design Office

Our proposal for the design of multi-family housing in Marfa, Texas, consists of three rammed earth dwellings that are integrated into the landscape. We are proposing to combine local building techniques with a formal language which alludes to the carved rock formations and smooth transitions found in the indigenous landscape of the Chihuahuan desert.

Image Courtesy © Barker Freeman Design Office

Image Courtesy © Barker Freeman Design Office

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Tree House in Austin, Texas by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Article source: Matt Fajkus Architecture

Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the 518 Sacramento Drive house design.  The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.

Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces.

Image Courtesy © Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours

Image Courtesy © Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours

  • Architects: Matt Fajkus Architecture
  • Project: Tree House
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Photography: Brian Mihealsick, Bryant Hill, Twist Tours
  • Software used: AutoCAD, pencil, paper
  • Area: 2,764sqft / 257 sqm
  • Completed: 2014
  • Project Manager: Travis Cook
  • Design Team: Travis Cook; Matt Fajkus, AIA; David Birt

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MEXIC-ARTE MUSEUM in AUSTIN, TEXAS by FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Article source: FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE 

The new Mexic-Arte Museum will be a showcase in Austin, Texas for contemporary Mexican and American art. Currently in early design stages, the museum’s form is derived from circular objects in Mexican culture such as the Aztec Calendar and the pelota game. The new art center aims to uphold a Mexican presence and sense of identity by representing itself as a world-class cultural institution.

Image Courtesy © FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE

Image Courtesy © FR-EE- Fernando Romero EnterprisE

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North Austin Master Bathroom Remodel in Austin, Texas by Paula Ables Interiors

Friday, September 5th, 2014

Article source: Paula Ables Interiors

A young Austin couple was tired of their dark, dated and drab bathroom. They hired us to help them create a more relaxing, spa-like bathroom. The existing bathroom was lacking in storage and did not function for the couple. With the couple being above average height and with no need for knee space we brought both counter tops to the same level and added a tall linen cabinet to define their spaces. We incorporated outlets into the linen storage to help hide their daily products. Final results were soft, natural colors and surfaces.

Image Courtesy © Paula Ables Interiors

Image Courtesy © Paula Ables Interiors

  • Architects: Paula Ables Interiors
  • Project: North Austin Master Bathroom Remodel
  • Location: Austin, Texas

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Fashion[ING] Objects in Austin, Texas by Matt Fajkus Architecture

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Article source: Matt Fajkus Architecture

FASHION[ING] OBJECTS is an instrument for space, light, and threshold that creates maximal impact with minimal means by arranging and reconfiguring everyday objects in an unexpected and extraordinary way. It is an original backdrop installation piece designed and fabricated for an the annual premier fashion event in Austin, Texas held in September 2012. Beginning with the simple idea of an Erwin Hauer inspired screen, the intention for the backdrop was to veil the models as they emerged from backstage, to dapple light as well as to convey a sense of depth and movement beyond.

Image Courtesy © Matt Fajkus Architecture

Image Courtesy © Matt Fajkus Architecture

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Marfa Contemporary Gallery in Marfa, Texas by Elliott + Associates Architects

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Article source: Elliott + Associates Architects

Reprogram and renovate the circa 1940’s Webb Brothers Gulf Service Station/Chrysler Dealership (located at the only stop light in Marfa) to house:

• Marfa Contemporary Gallery
• Timecar (car sharing rental)
• The Pizza Foundation
• An Artist in Residence Studio

North elevation showing the new building signage in the position of the historic signage.  The gallery entrance is under the Marfa Contemporary sign, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

North elevation showing the new building signage in the position of the historic signage. The gallery entrance is under the Marfa Contemporary sign, Image Courtesy © Elliott + Associates Architects

  • Architects: Elliott + Associates Architects (Michelle Jameson)
  • Project: Marfa Contemporary Gallery
  • Location: Marfa, Texas
  • Software used: AutoCAD Architecture 2013, Sketchup (our firm) and 3ds MAX (Skyline Ink, our animation consultant)

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LifeWorks in Austin, Texas by Miró Rivera Architects

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Article source: Miró Rivera Architects

LifeWorks is a branch location of a local non-profit that provides a model for sustainable design in low-income neighborhoods. Located in East Austin, a historically socioeconomically-disadvantaged area, the 33,467 sq ft facility will provide a hub for educational and financial literacy in Central Texas. The design of the new branch, which has received a 5-star sustainability rating from Austin Energy Green Building, highlights the organization’s role in transforming the lives of youth and families seeking self-sufficiency and generational advancement.

Image Courtesy © Paul Finkel | Piston Design

  • Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
  • Project: LifeWorks
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Photography: Paul Finkel | Piston Design
  • Height: 3 floors 39′-9″
  • Area: 33,467 sf (31,412 sf interior only)
  • Site: 5.9 acres (256,525 sf)
  • Code Occupancy: Retail (731 sf), Assembly (951 sf), Office (27,998 sf), Mult-purpose/exterior (1810 sf)
  • Civil Engineers: Bury + Partners, Inc.
  • Structural Engineers: Architectural Engineers Collaborative (AEC)

Design Team

  • Design Partners: Juan Miró, FAIA LEED AP, Miguel Rivera, AIA LEED AP
  • Project Architect/Managers: Ken Jones, LEED AP
  • Team Members: Ada Corral, AIA, Sara Hadden

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Edgeland House in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Article source: Bercy Chen Studio

Edgeland House is located on a rehabilitated brownfield site and is a modern re-interpretation of one of the  oldest housing typologies in North America, the Native American Pit House. The Pit House, typically sunken,  takes advantage of the earth’s mass to maintain thermal comfort throughout the year.

Image Courtesy © Paul Bardagjy

  • Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
  • Project: Edgeland House
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Photography: Paul Bardagjy
  • Area: 1,400 sq ft
  • Year: 2012
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