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h+uo Economic Feasibility Study

March 30, 2018

Last year Hatch + Ulland Owen Architects was asked by the Housing Authority of the City of Austin (HACA) to develop an economic feasibility study for the restoration and rehabilitation of six structures at Rosewood Courts.  The first phase Rosewood Courts, built in 1938, was the very first public housing for African Americans in the United States, thanks largely to the efforts of Senator Lyndon Johnson.  The modern design served a community that needed affordable housing desperately, not unlike the present.

HACA, the nearby community, and the residents concluded that, after many deliberations, to honor the rich history of Rosewood, eight of the phase-1 structures would be restored and rehabilitated to comfortably accommodate existing residents.  The eighty-year-old structures are structurally sound, but need major rehabilitation to meet current code, be accessible, and provide a home that no longer feels like a “jail” said one of the residents. All would welcome central air-conditioning, new kitchens and baths as well as wide doors and rooms that are comfortable.

This approach also allows many new multi-family homes on the site that would almost double the amount of new homes, some of which would be owner occupied.

After presenting this concept and getting unanimous approval of the Landmark Commission, the Planning Commission, and last Thursday, the City Council, the many residents that had been attending and speaking at the 3 meetings jumped for joy.

h+uo architects is very excited to be apart of this Historic Rehabilitation of the Rosewood Courts. We will provide updated interiors to Rosewood Courts while restoring the exterior to its former self. The structures will be made to meet all current code and to provide modern finishes in he interior.


h+uo project in progress

Posted in In Progress by Kristie
February 3, 2017

We are seeing great progress on one of our latest projects, the Children & Student Ministry Building for Austin Ridge Bible Church, Southwest Campus. This building will house programs for their youth ministry programs, special needs members, adult teaching areas, and office space.  It’s scheduled to be completed this summer.



To be updated on the progress of this building, and other projects h+uo is working on, follow us on social media: @huoarchitects


Waters at Magnolia Bay Construction

August 10, 2016

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Construction is a third of the way complete for h+uo architects’ “Waters at Magnolia Bay” project. It is a 300-unit, affordable housing apartment complex in North Charleston, South Carolina.


Groundbreaking at The Chicon

December 16, 2015

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The Chicon mixed-use project achieved a major milestone late last month when neighbors and community members gathered for a groundbreaking celebration in east Austin.


In the making for the past three years, h+uo architects is proud to be helping usher this important neighborhood revitalization project into reality.


The Chicon is the brainchild of the Chestnut Neighborhood Revitalization Corporation (CNRC). CNRC resident members sum up the mission of this community-initiated project:


“With a mix of affordable and market rate homes, along with commercial spaces to foster economic growth, The Chicon is more than just a condominium development – it’s a manifestation of the legacy, culture and future growth of east Austin. One of the only affordable mixed-use condominium projects in such close proximity to downtown Austin, The Chicon aims to fit into and support the area instead of changing it, through positive, sustainable growth”


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In Phase 1, two of the three buildings, The Joyce Building and the Gibbs Building, will be built at the intersection of 13th and Chicon St. in east Austin. Phase 1 is expected to be completed in December of 2016.


To learn more about this exciting project, visit thechicon.com.


h+uo architects Proposes a New Bridge to Transform Austin’s I-35 ‘Rift’ into a Unifying Park

Posted in In Progress by Kristie
March 16, 2015

Imagine tree-lined open space, a small performance pavilion, a splash pad water fountain, colorful flower beds, and a small food trailer eatery — all hovering over a stretch of Austin’s Interstate 35.  h+uo partner Tom Hatch and associate Kristina Olivent are working in partnership with local landscape architects Jennifer Orr and Ilse Frank of Studio Balcones to make the I-35 Green Bridge Park a reality.

The current deteriorated state of the I-35 area surrounding the existing 11th and 12th street bridges inspired the idea that a new “living” bridge could connect the two existing bridges with an activity-filled park, stitching together our city, long divided by the interstate.

The new bridge-park will be situated directly between the Texas Capitol building to the west and residential neighborhoods to the east.  This position allows the park offer a safe respite along what will be a new pedestrian corridor between the east and west sides of the highway.  Additionally, the park’s amphitheater will create a new venue for small concerts and other events, turning a blighted area of town into an asset for the City of Austin.

While the project is an innovative solution to a long-standing Austin problem, creating a bridge that doubles as a park is not a new idea.  Other cities have successfully and beautifully integrated parks into their highway systems.  Two notable examples are the Jardin Serge Gainsbourg in Paris and the Clyde Warren Park in Dallas.

Jardin Serge Gainsbourg

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Klyde Warren Park

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While this project will be brought to Austin’s city council for support, the team proposes that the project also receive potential funding from the current TXDOT Interstate  35 revitalization project.  With support from both the city and the state, Austin has the opportunity to create a new city-unifying park right in the heart of downtown.

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