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Austin City Loft

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  • A large two floor bookshelf in an apartment.
  • A white bedroom with large windows.
  • A white living room of a downtown Austin apartment.
  • A tiled shower and tub combination bathroom.
  • A bed visible through a sliding screen door.

This project was recognized in 2007 by AIA Austin with a Citation of Honor.

“It’s as nice a combination as I can think of of complexity and richness in an overall sense of order.”

-Frank Harmon, FAIA

Project Details

Transitioning to this simple space was seen as an opportunity for the owners to winnow possessions and highlight their art and book collections. A 21-foot-tall egg-crate wall of books with a catwalk at mid-height defines the dramatic space. True to loft living, pipes and ducts are exposed and rooms open to each other to capture light and views. The occasional need for privacy is met by large sliding panels of pale green glass and a pair of floating colored walls. The new kitchen and bath take materials cues from the glass doors and double-height windows bringing the detailing into harmony throughout.

Sustainability: use of low VOC paints; veneered cabinetry; and commercial carpet tiles with 42% recycled content


  • Citation of Honor, AIA Austin, 2007
  • Premier Party Selection, AIA Austin, 2005
  • AIA Austin, Homes Tour, 2005


  • Austin American-Statesman, Glossy, Big Ideas Thrive Within Small Spaces, Sep 2005
  • Austin Home, Lofty Perch, Winter 2013
  • Austin Home and Living, The Best Urban Spaces in Austin, 2005
  • The Good Life, Downsizing the Sky, Dec 2008
  • Luxury Home Quarterly, Acclaim: Custom Home Projects of Note, May/June 2010
  • Residential Architect, K + B Studio, Mar 2008
  • Signature Kitchens & Baths, Lofty Expectations, Spring 2010
  • Tribeza, The Loft Life, Aug 2005
  • Houzz, Bookcases, Dec 2021

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