Friday, June 11th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Friday: Bercy Chen Studio


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I love this dynamic project from Bercy Chen Studio LP in Austin Texas, which they submitted to our Fresh New Spaces Group on Flickr. It looks to me like it was inspired by Cargotecture (you know, when architects build structures out of shipping containers). What I love about their work is that it still has that architecture school fearlessness, optimism and creativity that often gets drilled out of architects when they venture out into the real world. When I saw this picture, my first thought was “well, night architectural photography is always sexier, let’s see it in the light of day”…

Still pretty sexy. However, I have to wonder if Unhappy Hipsters is going to have a field day with that milk crate bicycle basket in the first photo. Here’s the description of the building:

1111 east 11th is a three story mixed use project in the revitalized 11th Street Corridor of Austin TX. The ground floor is divided between an art gallery and boutique retail outlet. The second floor is reserved for office tenants with residential spaces occupying the top floor.

Formally, the shifting floor plates align with area landmarks such as the Texas State Capitol and the UT Austin Tower. The form mimics the geological exfoliation of the central Texas landscape, which can be found at the `Enchanted Rock`, the Texas version of Australia’s Ayres Rock.

The resultant space is a series of unexpected terraces and canopies drawing one outdoors. The cantilevered second floor provides a respite of shade from the intense Texas sun at the entry. The floor plates step back at the rear of the structure allowing it to mediate between the commercial scale of the front and the residential in the back.

All images from Bercy Chen Studio LP


Friday, May 14th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Modern Architecture in Austin


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This is the Annie Residence, Austin Texas, by Bercy Chen Studio LP. I love the blues and grays next to the leaves and the way the glass reflects the trees in this shot. Here’s a little more about the project:

The house was built for two families in Austin and therefore is split into two living areas. The house consists of two pavilions connected by a glass hallway.

The design was greatly influenced by different regions and cultures. Both the use of the roof as an outdoor living space and the shading devices are derived from Moorish architecture. The body of water and the spatial continuity between inside and outside was inspired by Asian architecture. while the structural transparency of the volumes and the minimalist aspect of the interior was derived from Japanese pavilions.

The house is constructed of a modular steel frame. The frame is infilled with prefab thermasteel panels to minimize construction on-site waste. The structural frame is exposed, showing the construction process and articulating the house’s facades. The repetitive modular method, as well as the prefabrication allowed for greater efficiency during construction.

Thanks so much for subimitting this to our fresh new spaces group!