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.
Our office was asked to transform and modestly expand a very typical 1980’s-era attached duplex, into 2 “houses” (technically condominiums). We were able to add 2nd-story master bedrooms to the front of the houses with new living areas below, and thus we were able to wholly redefine the massing of the houses from the street, and redefine the entrances and sense of autonomy for each house. We also played with the line between sameness and differentness of the units of this former duplex, expressing that they are clearly one larger structure of two mirror-imaging units while simultaneously treating the fronts of each somewhat differently. The project is clearly one 2-house development, but each house is also unique.
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.
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.
SHOAL CREEK POOL HOUSE
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