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We are proud to have been selected for the American Institute of Architects 2019 Austin Home Tour!
Our project at Bridle Path will be among the exclusive number of stops on the 33rd annual event taking place in October.
The AIA Austin Homes Tour is nationally recognized to celebrate achievements in Austin’s architecture community. We are honored to be chosen by a committee of members to showcase our project. For a look inside the Bridle Path residence, click here.
For more information on the AIA Homes Tour, including event details and tickets, please click here.
We hope that you and yours fared well through the wrath of Harvey, and we’re keeping all in our prayers as she hopefully continues to weaken and move out of Texas and Louisiana over the coming week. It’s still not over for Houston, in particular, but the original landfall areas are beginning to clear. It’s been a terrible tragedy for so many, and will take a huge toll on the Texas coast for some time to come. But, we all know Texas and Texans will rebuild and restore all of our coastal resources, communities, and places with a can-do attitude and willingness to jump in and help each other as best we can. That’s been happening from the first night Harvey came ashore, and relief momentum continues to grow.
Now that roads are being cleared and the first large scale relief convoys have reached much of the coast, we will be making a supply delivery run from Austin to the Aransas Pass area and – if possible – to Port Aransas, leaving this Friday, September 1, at 7:00 AM from Austin. We will have an open flatbed trailer, and two trucks capable of carrying as many supplies as we can gather from friends, family, and colleagues, or purchase as necessary to be able to deliver full loads of non-perishable food, bottled water and energy drinks, diapers and wipes, cleaning supplies, protective gloves and masks, toiletries, clothing, and anything else that we can gather up.
ONE WAY YOU CAN HELP FROM AUSTIN . . .
On Thursday, August 31, we will have one and possibly two trucks parked on Brushy Street in front of our office as a drop-off point for donated supplies. We are located at the corner of East 5th and Brushy Streets, which is one block east of the IH-35 frontage road. A sign will identify the dark grey truck(s) as “Harvey Relief Supply Drop-Off”. If you can drive by and place your donation in the bed of the truck . . . we’ll sort and secure the load as it accumulates. If you want to call ahead to let us know you’re coming by so we can help you transfer your donations, our contact numbers can be found here on our webpage.
Also, by tomorrow (Wednesday) afternoon, a flatbed trailer will be parked in the driveway at 1609 A Hartford Road, 78703. As with the trucks, if you can drive by and place your donation on the trailer . . . we’ll sort and secure the load as it accumulates.
ANY CONTRIBUTION YOU CAN MAKE TO THIS DELIVERY EFFORT WILL BE APPRECIATED BY OUR FELLOW TEXANS IN THESE HARD-HIT AREAS. WE WILL DELIVER ALL SUPPLIES TO THE RED CROSS, OR NUECES OR SAN PATRICIO COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES DISTRIBUTION CENTERS AS REQUESTED OR DIRECTED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS. PLEASE CONSIDER COMING BY ONE OF THE ABOVE LOCATIONS TOMORROW OR THURSDAY TO DROP OFF ANYTHING YOU CAN SPARE. EVERY SMALL BIT OF RELIEF FOR OUR COASTAL FRIENDS HELPS SOMEONE IN NEED THAT OTHERWISE MIGHT GO WITHOUT.
If you have any questions or need more information on the drop off locations, please call our office number below. Thank you in advance for your kind contributions to this effort!
Design of sacred places in the landscape, the gardens and spaces in which worship takes place, sacraments are administered, and with foresight and planning, small and unplanned rituals are carried out in moments of joy or sadness is an important consideration when congregations contemplate expanding or building new houses of worship. In particular, the intersection of what may be thought of as sacred and secular spaces become opportunities to incite introspection by those passersby on foot or in vehicles. A momentary flash of thoughts . . . “I wonder what that place is, it looks peaceful, inviting, maybe I’ll stop in and explore sometime” . . . and the all-important intersection of sacred and secular is imprinted on our minds as a special place in the community.
F:F is pleased to have been invited to continue our involvement in the Master Plan for Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Westlake Hills, Texas. We are now working on design development for Phase I areas of the Master Plan, including the Bee Cave Road landscape threshold to the campus, and the main church yard plaza and outdoor worship space.
The congregation’s desire to express welcomeness and peace, and a place in the city as one of gathering and community was the inspiration for the threshold gardens design that include pedestrian entries from the new sidewalks that are part of ongoing Bee Caves roadway improvements, sculptural elements formed of earth and raw steel screens, and pathways and native plantings that are accessible to the public as a gift to the community. By placing a strong emphasis on the design of this intersection of church campus and public realm, Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church hopes to serve as an inspirational beacon, and momentary place of peace and joy along the public way of daily routine and travel.
For those who enter the campus, a new central church yard forms the entry to the church and Butterfly Christian Pre-School. The natural sloping ground plane will be crafted into stepped lawn terraces to accommodate multiple functions from large to small gatherings for worship, weddings, picnics and outdoor film screenings, youth group gatherings, and a host of activities that require flexible area and space. At the lower level of the terraces, a central plaza will provide accessible spaces for the rituals of worship. Baptisms, weddings, funerals, and special holy day services can take place in the plaza, supported by a sculpted “table boulder” and artful raw steel and glass screen that serves as the center piece of such services. Rain gardens are designed to collect and redirect and store surface runoff from the courtyard, and natural seating boulders create places for intimate conversation, individual prayer and meditation, and rest within the gardens of the church yard.
Construction of the Phase I landscape areas is expected to occur beginning Fall of 2017.
A current project on the boards at Franke : Franke is design of a second residence to be located on Redfish Pass Channel, between Aransas Pass and Port Aransas, Texas. We’re excited to be involved as Architect, Landscape Architect, and Design+Builder for the proposed Kayak Club and short term rental residence. The site building area is impacted by a myriad of mandates and strict limitations that range across local, State, and Federal jurisdictions – but paradise is not lost – it just needed to be discovered through careful site study, and a design that is inspired by the vastness of the open coastal land and seascape. Our design also jumped all of the regulatory hurdles by working from conceptual diagram iterations to a specific plan that supports the aspirations of the owner and creates an expanding series of visually and physically connected interior and exterior spaces. This waterfront retreat is designed to orient and embrace the unobstructed eastward view across the maze of Mangroves and estuarine systems that make up the vast Lighthouse Trails, a Texas State preserve and kayak park, to the distant Lydia Ann Lighthouse, Aransas Bay, and the Gulf on the horizon.
The design process has taken us in an architectural direction of an open form solution, with ample covered decks and a dogtrot-like breezeway that draws one into the residence and through to the grand environment beyond, while also graciously meeting a street side approach from State Highway 361 to the west. The street side entry and eastward views are captured by exposed structural elements and a graceful butterfly roof designed to support an opportunity for a single collection-point rainwater storage system that will provide irrigation and non-potable water for use on site. Long, east facing lanais at both the lower and upper levels provide unlimited access for kayak launches below, and the stunning views from the upper level deck.
As part of a mandate by the US Army Corps of Engineers for the residence to provide short-term water-based recreational rental opportunities for visitors, the limited conditioned space is separated into two levels, with a bunkhouse on the lower floor that has been raised to a finished elevation sufficient to allow it to be used as conditioned space. The main house level on the uppermost floor is appointed with two master suites, a great room with unobstructed easterly views and a high performance kitchen equipped to prepare the catch-of-the day in style, and be the center of activity after a day on the water.
More to come as construction begins soon . . . in the meantime, enjoy the view.