AIA Austin Awards 15 Projects On April 18, AIA Austin recognized 15 projects at its 2009 Design Awards Gala held at the historic Browning Hangar on the redeveloped grounds of former Mueller Municipal Airport. Of the 115 submitted projects, 14 received Design Awards and one received a Studio Award. The jury met in Austin two weeks earlier. Jurors were Natalye Appel, FAIA, of Natalye Appel + Associate Architects in Houston; Eddie Jones, AIA, of Jones Studio in Phoenix; and Reed Kroloff, Assoc. AIA, director of the Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum. The following received Design Awards, this year’s sole level of recognition for built work. Action Figure Studios by Rhode:Hurt Architects transformed a 1980s-era meat packing plant into sophisticated multimedia offices, studios, and flexible, leasable production spaces at a $68/sf budget. Pre-cast concrete elements were revealed, bringing new light and air into the resulting dramatic spaces. The design team played elements of refinement against the underlying industrial structure and used the restraint of a budget to their aesthetic advantage. Architecture for Discovery Green by PageSoutherlandPage comprises three primary structures – a café, a restaurant, and an administration building – that parallel two powerful pre-existing rows of live oaks. Each building is composed of long, thin volumes that draw activity from the major perpendicular promenade deep into the rest of the park. Porches, decks, terraces, and outdoor rooms create as much outside space as interior volumes. Cliff Street Duplex by Alterstudio Architects defines two private courtyards around maturing trees and the units are organized to negotiate between the private spaces and dense foliage of the adjacent tree canopy. Hovering over the complex’s parking, a 1,500-sf unit has floor-to-ceiling windows directed towards its courtyard while high windows provide a sense of continuity with the trees and sky. The 2,000-sf unit is organized around a double-height interior that opens to a private courtyard. House in Trees by Tim Cuppett AIA sits on a wooded lot with a constricting easement that resulted in a narrow and deep composition. A high and wide overhang, supported on slender columns, creates shadows while a wooden brisesoleil on the west side screens the house. Both features meld the structure into its context of trees and vegetation in the undisturbed easement.
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Action Figure Studios
Architecture for Discovery Green
Cliff Street Duplex
House in Trees
Lake Travis Retreat
The Long Center for Performing Arts
Lake Travis Retreat by Dick Clark Architecture centrally organizes its public and private spaces around its pool, terrace, and existing live oaks. The public interior spaces can be joined with the large exterior spaces by way of sliding doors. A warm material palette of copper, ipe, and a variety of sandstones blends the lines of the house with its setting on the brow of the site overlooking Lake Travis. The Long Center for the Performing Arts by Nelson Partners Architects transformed Austin’s iconic Palmer Auditorium into a new home for its opera, ballet, and symphony companies. Over 97 percent of the 44 million lbs. of debris removed from the site was reused or recycled, retaining some of Palmer’s best assets. The architects incorporated aluminum roof panels and other salvaged materials into the new design, capturing the potential and embodied value of these parts to serve as the cradle of the Long Center.
Lost Pines Chapel
Lost Pines Chapel by LZT Architects was commissioned by the Boy Scouts of America. This interfaith chapel forms a contemplative moment within the pine forest near Austin. The simplicity of the frame geometry plays off the rustic quality of its cedar members. Composed of 22 frames, members are interconnected with steel plates and bundled together horizontally Continued on page 79
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