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Fleck Hall St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas by Andersson-Wise Architects

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Article source: Andersson-Wise Architects

Fleck Hall, a functional, flat-topped, “concrete shoebox” efficiently built in 1958 to serve as St. Edwards University’s science building, was slated for demolition when the new John Brooks Williams Natural Science Center opened in fall 2006. But architect Arthur Andersson convinced administrators that Fleck Hall was worth saving. The main selling point: Fleck’s lasting, adaptable structure, a defined and consistent concrete grid.

Image Courtesy © Andersson-Wise Architects

adiaHouse | Low-Cost Internationally Transportable Eco- Kit Homes in Houston, Texas by Adia

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

Article source: Adia

Affordable, elegant, eco-friendly homes delivered internationally—any size, any style, anywhere in the world.

Lack of affordable housing is a serious problem around the world, and it’s been Adia’s focus for almost a decade now. When our “$12,000 Green Dream Home” (MCDhouse) made international news in 2009, floods of emails came in from across the globe. It seemed to give people hope. It made young people who can barely afford to rent leap at the thought of owning their own home. It made families with children dream of healthy, all natural housing. It delighted the elderly looking for small elegant homes to down-size into in retirement. It perked political interest on multiple continents. An ultra-affordable, eco-friendly house seemed to strike a chord in everyone.

Image Courtesy © Adia

  • Architects: Adia
  • Project: adiaHouse | Low-Cost Internationally Transportable Eco- Kit Homes
  • Location: Houston, Texas,U.S.A
  • Client: Confidential
  • Cost: 30,000 euros per home (approx. $40,000)
  • Software used: Autocad

JKPsleeper in Huntsville (greater Houston), Texas by Adia

Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Article source: Adia

Lukas is an architectural entrepreneur who was thrust into the professional world prematurely when as a young college student he received a $10+ million investment offer for an invention, and soon after gained international recognition for his “$12,000 Green Dream Home.”

Image Courtesy © Adia

  • Architects: Adia
  • Project: JKPsleeper
  • Location: Huntsville (greater Houston), Texas
  • Design and Construction: Lukas Petrash, 2004 (age 21)
  • Client: J.K.P.
  • Completed Cost: $1,000 (labor + materials)
  • Size: 48 S.F. (4.5 M.Q.): 6’ x 8’
  • Software used: Autocad

MCDhouse in Texas by Adia

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

Article source: Adia

Story: How a 22-year-old architecture student turned scraps into a sustainable paradise for a family in need.

The MCDhouse was built in cooperation with the Sustainable Builders’ Guild of Huntsville (Texas) as part of a local initiative to increase earth consciousness while providing homes for low-income families. Built to the minimum square footage allowed by law (for three residents), the house challenges the “hermetically-sealed box” mentality and sets out to prove that large enclosed homes are not necessary for comfort, functionality, and dignity.

Image Courtesy © Adia

  • Architects: Adia
  • Project: MCDhouse | The $12,000 Green Dream Home
  • Location: Texas, U.S.A
  • House Size: 484 s.f. (legal interior s.f., excl. loft); 1,214 s.f. (total usable s.f.)
  • Final Cost: $12,000, which equals $24.79/s.f. (legal s.f.), or $9.88/s.f. (total usable s.f.)
  • Applicable Codes: IRC 2003 (International Residential Code); ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act); TMCS (Texas Minimum Construction Standards); SBGH (Sustainable Builders’ Guild of Huntsville, based on localized LEED Standards)
  • Software used: autocad

Cotillion Pavilion in Dallas, Texas by Mell Lawrence Architects

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Article source: Mell Lawrence Architects 

Commissioned by the Dallas Parks Department, this new shade structure  bridges the gap between two groups of trees at a natural gathering place in the park.  The composition of steel components abstract and mimic the surrounding trees to  produce similar dappled shade.

Image Courtesy © Mell Lawrence Architects

  • Architects: Mell Lawrence Architects
  • Project: Cotillion Pavilion
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, U.S.A
  • Photography: Mell Lawrence Architects
  • Office Project Team: Mell Lawrence, AIA, Elizabeth Baird
  • Structural Design: Architectural Engineers Collaborative, Chuck Naeve, Rik Haden
  • Contractor: RoeschCo Construction
  • Landscape: Kimley Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Software used: Vectorworks, sketchup, Kerkythea, photoshop

Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail Restroom in Austin, Texas by Miró Rivera Architects

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

Article source: Miró Rivera Architects

The Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail is a linear park of scenic trails and landscaping that follows the banks of the Colorado River in downtown Austin. Very popular among runners and bike riders, the park provides residents and visitors with a rural escape in an urban setting. The Restroom—the first public restroom built in the park in over 30 years—was built by the Town Lake Trail Foundation, a community-based non-profit organization, in partnership with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.

Image Courtesy © Paul Finkel | Piston Design

  • Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
  • Project: Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail Restroom
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Photography: Paul Finkel | Piston Design, Paul Bardagjy, Miró Rivera Architects
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Observation Tower in Austin, Texas by Miró Rivera Architects

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Article source:  Miró Rivera Architects

Capturing the energy of Formula 1 racing in its iconic form, the 251 foot tall Observation Tower provides a dramatic focal point for the Circuit of the Americas and a new landmark for central Texas. Conceived as a visual finale to the central Grand Plaza, the Tower also serves as a memorable backdrop to the Austin360 Amphitheater concert venue at its base. The structure’s unique design anchors visitors’ experience of the motorsports and entertainment complex and fosters a sense of place that is essential to the new circuit’s identity.

Image Courtesy © Paul Finkel, Piston Design

  • Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
  • Project: Observation Tower Circuit of the Americas
  • Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A
  • Photography: Paul Finkel, Piston Design, Circuit of the Americas, Miró Rivera Architect,  Michael Hsu, Miró Rivera Archit Circuit of the Americas Ted Parker, Jr. Circuit of the Americas, Steve Colburn, Miró Rivera Architects, Circuit of  the Americas
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Tekla

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Grand Plaza & Amphitheater in Austin, Texas by Miró Rivera Architects

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Article source:  Miró Rivera Architects

Bordered by the track on three sides, the 27-acre Grand Plaza lies at the heart of the Circuit of the Americas and defines the public experience for most visitors to the new motorsports and entertainment venue. The 3.4-mile racetrack coils around the Grand Plaza and springs out to the east and west, making it the perfect location not only to watch the action of the race unfold, but also to enjoy the amenities contained within. Ideally situated to capture the energy and atmosphere of the Circuit of the Americas, the Grand Plaza will serve as Central Texas’ new home for outdoor entertainment.

Image Courtesy © Michael Hsu, Miró Rivera Architects

  • Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
  • Project: Grand Plaza & Amphitheater
  • Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A
  • Photography: Michael Hsu (Miró Rivera Architects), Paul Finkel (Piston Design), Ted Parker (Jr. Circuit of the Americas), Tomas Segura, Dorna Sports

Livestrong Foundation in Austin, Texas, USA by Lake|Flato Architects

Thursday, May 16th, 2013

Article source: Lake|Flato Architects

After 10 years of leasing space in a suburban office building, the Livestrong Foundation found its permanent home in the 1950s-era Gulf Coast Paper Co. (GPC) warehouse in East Austin, an under-served community in the process of revitalization.The adaptive reuse of the GCP warehouse transformed the concrete tilt-wall building to provide office space, meeting rooms, multi-use facilities, an in-house gym, an open-air courtyard, and parking for the staff of 62. Ongoing plans call for adding a community-based cancer-support program to provide direct services, with an emphasis on uninsured and under insured East Austin residents.

Image Courtesy Lake|Flato Architects

  • Architects: Lake|Flato Architects
  • Project: Livestrong Foundation
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA
  • Project Owner: Livestrong Foundation
  • Project Completion Date: February, 2009
  • Project Site: Previously Developed Land
  • Project Type: Office – 10,001 to 100,000sf
  • Project Site Context/Setting: Urban
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 28,300 square feet
  • Other Building Description: Renovation

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Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse in San Antonio, Texas by Lake Flato Architects

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Article source: Lake Flato Architects

The Pearl Brewery Redevelopment Master Plan and the adaptive reuse of the Full Goods Warehouse are serving as a model and catalyst for green urban revitalization in a long neglected portion of San Antonio’s inner city. After 15 years lying derelict, the creative reuse of this 26-acre brownfield site and its neglected structures are drawing in a rich mix of new residents, small businesses, retail, and non-profits while emphasizing community, conservation, and local economic development. This is a new community meeting ground where visionary private development and public space come together to create a vibrant urban destination.

Image courtesy Lake Flato Architects 

  • Architects: Lake Flato Architects
  • Project: Pearl Brewery/Full Goods Warehouse
  • Location: 200 E Grayson St, San Antonio, Texas 78215, USA
  • Project Owner: Rio Perla
  • Joint Venture or Associate Architect: Durand-Hollis, Rupe Architects
  • Project Completion Date: June, 2009
  • Project Site: Brownfield Site
  • Project Type: Mixed – Use
  • Building Gross Floor Area: 63,481 square feet
  • Total project cost at time of completion, land excluded: $9,000,000.00
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