This previously undeveloped 5 acre lot, nicknamed ‘the Narrows’ had been a gathering place for the family since the 1970’s. The beautiful Cyprus tree lined Lake Austin waterfront oasis lies just a few miles outside of downtown. The owners insisted on a simple, humble, yet unique cabin to host their family gatherings and quiet weekend retreats.
This small cabin, nicknamed ‘Cousin Cabana’, needed to host multiple programs in a small space while maintaining a large feel. The 610 sf cabin consists of a single kitchen-living-dining room, bath, storage space, and deck. We chose natural materials and methods that would be as maintenance free as possible for years to come including an ipe rainscreen siding, custom floor-to-ceiling face-glazed steel windows, and an integrated board-formed concrete foundation-low wall-planter.
photography by Stross Photography
This single family residence was designed for a young couple who recently purchased a vacant corner lot in the Arbor of Great Hills community. Using Vastu guiding principles, the form of the house defines a central communal core area. The core area consist of an outdoor patio with an integrated conversation pit for lounging around the fire and watching movies, a BBQ island, and outdoor dining area.
Tall, natural grasses landscape the front yard to sync harmoniously with the existing Live Oak trees that surround the perimeter of the site. A series of 6' high gabion walls berm the sloping topography to define a private side yard garden sanctuary to help separate it from the adjacent commercial property.
A modern remodel to an outdated single-family historic residence to help create a timeless feel for years to come. Using only the existing footprint, we opened up and consolidated the existing spaces to make them feel larger and brighter.
We tied the existing space to the outdoor private pool area with a glass multi-sliding pocket door and expansive windows in the kitchen overlooking the exterior.
We chose a light and cool color palette to put life back into the space. We chose warm natural wood materials throughout to balance the cool color scheme.
photography by Scott Wade Photography
One of Austin’s prime music venues will get a complete overhaul to create a mixed use space including several bar and restaurant venues and retail. A glass seating enclosure cantilevers the street to observe the outdoor seating area, skyline, and street level views.
Un.box Studio teamed up with Newcastle Homes to create a speculative home in the heart of East Austin. This utilitarian single-family project separates the master suite via glass entry to create a home away from home. The entry allows a clear site line to the backyard which was designed around a large heritage oak that has dominated the property for nearly a century.
The modern vernacular style, featuring an all hand-stained cedar façade and charcoal galvalume roofing with matching windows, was designed to appeal to both the modernist and traditionalist, all while seamlessly fitting into a very old, but rapidly changing, original Austin urban core neighborhood.
photography by Austin Real Estate Photography
An existing master suite and laundry room was reconfigured and updated to convey a more organized, and minimalistic lifestyle. A natural material palette consisting of reclaimed barnwood, concrete, glass, and steel help integrate with the feel of the existing hill country themed house.
A custom steel and wood feature staircase by Steel House MFG replaced the existing entry staircase. Floating countertops using custom concrete sinks by Massif Concrete helped make the bathroom and laundry area feel wider. The reclaimed wood used on the walls, doors, and cabinetry was a tobacco-stained pine product (literally stained from years within an old tobacco factory) and was sourced from Reclaimed Design Works.
photography by Paige Newton
3 individual condo units were converted into a single spacious 3600 sf luxury unit. Homage was paid to the mid-century iconic concrete and glass tower by using minimalist design elements. Hand crafted millwork was repurposed to create a grand hall study. The master bedroom and bath were opened up and redesigned to take full advantage of the panoramic downtown skyline views. Multi-folding doors replace the existing floor-to-ceiling storefront windows to open the interior space to the existing narrow perimeter balcony.
Un.box studio worked in collaboration with 3423 Holdings to create a new retail building for The Cove clothing store founded by Rebecca Yanoff. Located in the heart of the SoCo district, this building will be the face of an upcoming multi-phased mixed use development project.
Careful attention to preservation of the existing early 1900’s building was considered while bringing life back to the neglected downtown structure with modern updates. Repurposed to accommodate several bar and restaurant venues, a third floor was added to feature an outdoor roof deck and glass bar enclosure overlooking trendy West 6th Street.
Our entry into the Seaholm Competition needed to find a use for the existing neglected water treatment facility in the heart of downtown Austin. Our solution was to create a mixed use venue that allowed users to interact with the waterfront.
Taking advantage of the nearby hike-and-bike trail, we connected the trail to Town Lake with a boardwalk. The boardwalk and waterfront sub-level doubles as a farmers market. A sunken plaza space was designed to create an isolated park. Imagine eating a meal, lounging around or watching a performance on a hot Texas day within a naturally cooling waterfall enclosure.
This speculative multi-family home project takes advantage of the the site's length, allowing for the two residential units to have their own private outdoor yard and outdoor dining patios. Located in the up-and-coming Northloop area, the traditional form with modern details will appeal to suburbanites who want to live the rural country lifestyle and still feel connected to the metropolitan culture.
POP Austin International Art Show is a three-day interactive showcasing works from renowned and emerging contemporary artists from all over the world. The event includes work for sale by over 44 artists including Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Mr. Brainwash, and Austin's own Bale Creek Allen and Jason Archer. The "Pop Talks” platform featured industry specialists which allowed them to engage the community on cultural topics, artist ideas, etc.
Using our BIM software capabilities, we worked with the POP Austin team to develop the space from virtual concept to reality.