One of our projects, the Athena Montessori Academy, here in Austin, Texas, was mentioned in the How We Montessori blog highlighting inspirational Montessori school kitchens. Their mission is to guide and encourage the natural development of students in a Montessori learning community.
The founder of Athena Montessori and Head of School, Lisl Friday, is a long-time friend of Tom Hatch, the Partner in Charge of the project and our firm’s founder. Architect Kelly Stephenson, the Project Manager, and Lisl are also related through marriage.
h+uo architects is glad to have and build new community relationships and often times our clients end up like family.
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Nestled off a quiet street in Austin’s Hyde Park neighborhood, the newly rehabilitated historic building at Sparky Pocket Park opened its doors to the public last week with a bang. Austin mayor, Steve Adler, and district 9 representative, Kathie Tovo, spoke at the ceremony on Tuesday, April 12, 2016, where they cut the ribbon. Neighborhood leaders Mary Ingles and Douglas Plummer also helped kick off the evening soiree.
The celebration was to commemorate the completion of the last phase of Sparky Pocket Park, rehabilitating the historic building on site. Built in the early 1930s, this historic building served as a North Austin Electric Substation until it was decommissioned in the early 2000s. Neighborhood leaders worked hard to keep the plot of land and salvage the building, with the vision that it might someday serve as a neighborhood park and community space, administered by the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department.
hatch + ulland owen architects designed the project, and with close assistance from the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, neighborhood residents, and general contractor Warden Construction, saw the project through completion.
The rehabilitation updates include a new accessible bathroom, a long steel-supported counter top in the main space with a sink, chair and table storage, air-conditioning, lighting, refurbished historic windows, and freshly painted surfaces. Additionally, the most noticeable update to the building is the 20-foot long opening cut in the brick wall to accommodate a new folding glass door system. The doors can be opened up fully to connect the building to the park. To complete the gesture, hatch + ulland owen architects’ senior partner, Tom Hatch, FAIA, designed a handsome awning structure over the area where the new doors empty into the park. The space under this large awning was designed to accommodate small theater events, evening dinners with friends, and a variety of neighborhood gatherings.
The awning features an exposed galvanized steel structure, a cypress wood ceiling, lighting, and high steel columns topped by glass plate ‘finials’ which light up at night. The glass plates are resistors, which are elements typically used for power-lines. They were incorporated into this community project as a nod to the park’s namesake, thought of by local residents because the electrical substation equipment used to spark during electrical storms.
hatch +ulland owen architects is proud to have been a part of this very special project.
HOPE Chapel is a micro-chapel serving the Community First Village, a 27-acre non-profit development of micro-homes created for the homeless population of Austin. Our architect, David Carroll, was honored to be part of the project.
The Chapel is wrapped with continuous metal panel sheets in a tent-like form, resembling the ancient Tabernacle. On the gable ends, translucent Polygal panels allow diffused sunlight to enter the space; creating a soft meditative light. At night, these panels transform the Chapel into a glowing lantern; guiding residents to the space.
With the ability to house a total of 250 residents, the Community First Village is projected to reach full capacity early next year.
As one of our latest speculative single-family residential projects, Arbutus Cove, goes underway, we catch up with one of the design team members, Kelly Stephenson for an update.
I am part of the design team headed by Partner-in-Charge Erik Ulland. Devanne Pena, who did the amazing 3-D renderings, is also on the team.
The project is about to be under construction as a speculative home and is now on the market.
This is a six bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom home on a sloping, cul-de-sac property in a Westlake neighborhood. The steel staircase is going to be a major focal point. It is integrated into the design of the masonry fireplace, and will be lit from above with skylights.
It is a very dramatic site with lots of terracing so we are eager to see it take shape. We are also excited to be working with the builder and Camelot Custom Homes. The panoramic views are going to be incredible – Lake Austin and the Pennybacker Bridge will be visible from the living room windows.
The site is steep and heavily wooded, so a lot of site work will need to take place first. The next step will be close collaboration with the builder during the construction phase, giving guidance and feedback on detailing and materials and finishes, especially on the stone.