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Celebrating Austin’s Award-Winning Architectural Masterpieces of 2024


Celebrating Austin’s Award-Winning Architectural Masterpieces of 2024

Khani Zulu | MCNE, CLHMS

LICENSE NUMBER #668914 Khani Zulu’s passion for real estate is as unique as her approach, offering clients a curated experience fueled by integrity,...

LICENSE NUMBER #668914 Khani Zulu’s passion for real estate is as unique as her approach, offering clients a curated experience fueled by integrity,...

Jun 18 7 minutes read

Welcome to the world of architectural marvels! The 2024 AIA Austin Design Awards have just unveiled a stunning array of projects that redefine what home can be. During an electrifying celebration this past May, hosted by Austin Mayor Kirk Watson's Senior Policy Advisor, Max Lars, 17 visionary designs were honored for their innovation and impact. These projects not only enhance our cityscape but also embody the art of creating spaces that resonate with comfort, sustainability, and community spirit. Dive in and explore these award-winning designs that are transforming Austin, one space at a time.

Barton Hills Residence by Alterstudio Architecture

Commendation: Command of MaterialityJune 4th & 5th, 8pm

The Barton Hills Residence stands out with its stunning use of concrete board, concrete walls, and Core 10 steel, blending interior and exterior seamlessly. One of its unique features is a climbing wall with a seated area built into the concrete. This compact home minimizes its exterior envelope, significantly reducing energy use and setting a benchmark for efficient design.

Campsite at Shield Ranch by Andersson Wise Architects

Design Award of Excellence

The Campsite at Shield Ranch, an off-grid nature camp for kids, showcases sustainability at its best. Solar power, rainwater collection, and natural materials create a harmonious environment. Prefabricated structures and natural airflow ensure comfort during Austin's hot summers, making this project a model of eco-friendly design.

City Park Residence by Alterstudio Architecture

Design Award of Excellence

Perched on a hill, the City Park Residence uses the natural slope to integrate its landscaping beautifully. This design exceeds energy reduction standards with its dynamic yet harmonious angles, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor living experience.

Comedor by Olson Kundig and McKinney York Architects

Design Award of Merit

Comedor, a modern Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin, offers a protected urban sanctuary. Its dark brick and glass façade glows at night, while indoor-outdoor conditions, fans, and natural breezes reduce energy use, enhancing its sustainable charm.

Eastside Early College High School by Perkins&Will

Design Award Commendation: Legacy

Transforming a marginalized community, this project honors the legacy of the original school with a new four-story building incorporating salvaged materials. Extensive sun studies optimize the glazing system, making the design both impactful and energy-efficient.

Hyatt Centric Austin by Nelsen Partners

Design Award of Excellence

The Hyatt Centric Hotel, a modern 246-room establishment, merges hospitality, commerce, and culture in downtown Austin. Its bold façade and optimized materials contribute significantly to the city’s architectural fabric.

Mishpocha Woods Compound by Low Design Office

Design Award of Excellence

In Montopolis, the Mishpocha Woods compound features a main house and four auxiliary houses that integrate seamlessly with the environment. This project exemplifies affordable housing, preserving local trees and utilizing repurposed materials, without relying on public funding.

Music Lane by Lake|Flato Architects

Design Award of Merit

Music Lane spans three city blocks, offering diverse dining, retail, and fitness options with a focus on sustainability. Shaded courtyards and outdoor spaces encourage visitors to linger, all while using no municipal water for landscaping.

OFF Beat by Nick Deaver Jes Deaver Architecture

Design Award of Excellence

OFF Beat retains the original house along the street frontage, blending old and new elements beautifully. This project encourages flora and fauna habitation, demonstrating a deep respect for the site’s natural characteristics.

Roam Ranch Residence by Baldridge Architects

Design Award Commendation: Vernacular Adaptation

Roam Ranch features a modern-traditional blend with minimal mechanical climate conditioning. Overhangs and traditional porches create a comfortable indoor-outdoor living space, preserving the Hill Country’s natural beauty.

Rollingwood Residence by A Parallel Architecture

Design Award of Merit

This residence offers a tranquil retreat with a composed facade and warm interiors. Sustainable strategies, including permeable pavement and tree preservation, mitigate stormwater runoff and enhance the home's serene ambiance.

Round Rock ISD Natatorium by Kirksey

Design Award Commendation: Sustainability

This aquatic practice facility is designed for efficiency and future growth. Notable features include passively ventilated enclosures, radiant heating, and a CHP generator, making it a model of sustainable design.

Travis County Probate Courts by Lord Aeck Sargent and Limbacher & Godfrey Architects

Community Impact Award

The restoration of the Travis County Probate Court building highlights the beauty of historic preservation. The meticulous work revives the original glory of the 1936 Modern style building, celebrating its legacy for future generations.

Uchiko by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Design Award of Merit

Uchiko’s design achieves substantial energy reduction and offers a shaded exterior terrace. This restaurant’s high level of craftsmanship and sustainable material choices reflect a commitment to both functionality and aesthetics.

Westview Residence by Alterstudio Architecture

Design Award Commendation: Site Strategy

The Westview residence delicately hovers above the ground, preserving the natural landscape and minimizing ecological disruption. This commitment to environmental stewardship sets a standard for sustainable home design.

Wolf Ranch River Camp by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Design Award of Excellence

Wolf Ranch River Camp impresses with its sustainable design, tree protection, and water management strategies. Outdoor spaces serve as communal areas, reducing the need for conditioned rooms and enhancing energy efficiency.

Zilker Studios by Forge Craft Architecture and Design

Community Impact Award

Zilker Studios provides affordable housing while preserving heritage live oaks. The innovative “pod-oculus” design facilitates natural light penetration, making it a net-zero-ready project that integrates seamlessly with the neighborhood.

These award-winning projects exemplify the art of home, blending innovation, sustainability, and community impact. They are a testament to the creativity and vision of Austin's architectural community.

With Love from Austin,

Khani Zulu Group

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