We were asked to redesign a small, 2-room apartment by a client who had decided to join the Westminster Senior Living Community in Austin.
The client wanted more space than she was able to get — due to demand and long wait-times for the larger apartments at the facility — so we set out immediately to increase the sense of space of this small apartment with whatever tools we had.
In addition to reconfiguring and modifying the bedroom and bath, we deployed built-in furniture and storage into nearly every wall thus freeing up more space for movement and creating the sense of there being more space than there originally was. We envisioned the apartment like a personal railroad car or ship cabin where every inch is well-considered and utilized.
For this project, our client asked us to create a 1100sf small house, or rental apartment on the back side of an existing 1940’s house near the University of Texas campus.
We elected to put the 2 private bedrooms — for the likely independent university student tenants — on the ground floor, whose entrances are accessed off of a glowingly lit stair atrium. We envisioned the atrium to be outdoors and clad large parts of it with a Poly-Gal translucent wall system. We left parts of the wall framing exposed and clad other parts in plywood, moves which underscored the indoor-outdoor feeling of the stair area.
As you move to the second-level living, and view to the beloved UT Tower, you experience interior windows, and cladding which further blur the clear distinction between what is an indoor and outdoor space. Materials are simple, exposed, durable and not too precious in most cases: fitting and lasting we hope for the tenants who live there.
Our office was asked to transform and expand a 1980’s-era attached duplex into 2 houses, or condominiums. We added 2nd-story master bedrooms to the front of the houses with new living areas below, and thus redefined the massing of the houses, their entrances, and sense of autonomy vis-a-vis each other. We played with the line between sameness and differentness of the units of this former duplex: we underscored that they are two mirror-imaging units of one larger structure, and at moments treated the fronts of each slightly differently, imparting to each homeowner a sense of uniqueness.
We built this modern home on a steep lot in West Austin. The roof over the carport welcomes the approaching driver, allowing the car to virtually enter the living-room space and share the canyon view. The parked cars rest over the kitchen and are visible and present from the living area. Our client, a family of 4, wanted an efficient house, 2150 SF,that carried a light ecological footprint. The house utilizes CMU thermal mass storage, a SIPS panel roof system and a 6.4 KW solar collector panel on the roof.
Riverview Way House — a 4,500 sf renovation/addition to a one-story mid-century modern house, built in the 1950’s. Houston, Texas; Tangelwood neighborhood. 80% recycled rubber shingles make up the exterior cladding of the roof-top and 2nd floor additions.
Our client for this project has recently put this house on the market for sale. For more information about the house, please visit: 6127 Riverview Way
This 3004 sf. residence was designed in collaboration with Minguell-McQuary Architecture+Design. The design earned a 4 Star Green Building Rating from Austin Energy Green Building Program. The canopy material from 3-Form and the 80% recycled rubber shingles are just a few of the eco-friendly features of this project.
2300 sq ft Main house with an additional 900 sq ft for an accessory dwelling.
Starting with a single sheet of 4’x8’x1/8” steel, we studied how the piece of material could be cut, using water jet technology, and folded to create an interesting and functional form. We were inspired by the bilateral symmetry of both animals and traditional origami. Two symmetrically folded pieces come together to make the doghouse. Through folding, the doghouse transforms from the archetypal house form on one end into a simple rectangular shape on the opposite end. An interior dog-comfy platform and glass top make it both an attractive side table for a living room and a welcome place for your pup.
Our 2018 Barkitecture Entry Project was awarded The 2018 Barkitecture “Best Urban” Award.
The Center for Creative Action teaches 20,000 Austin school children per year identity strengthening and anti-bullying awareness through the arts. Their outreach and effectiveness is outstanding among many great organizations in Austin. Tom Hurt Architecture has designed their new administrative headquarters and teaching studio facility at M-Station and Chesnut Commons.
Design Architect: Eva Schone
Project Architect: Liz Rau
Tom Hurt, AIA Contemporary Architecture