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Comedor

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  • People seated at bar and high tables of a nice restaurant.
  • Industrial garage door crank system.
  • Central dining room of a restaurant .
  • lit candles in a dark metal room.
  • Up close glass brick wall.
  • View of black wall from sidewalk.
  • An outdoor patio and dining area of a restaurant.
  • Black exteriors of two floors building downtown.

This Restuarant was recognized by AIA Austin in 2024 with a Design Award of Merit.

“I really admire the austerity of Comedor in its form and building materials. There is clarity to it, there’s discipline to it. The detailing is exquisite, as you walk into the main dining area on the one side has totally open to this inner courtyard, which really had the sense of discovery and delight, and that’s something we felt is very special about this project.”

– Casey Huang, AIA

Project Details

The design for this modern Mexican restaurant in downtown Austin establishes a protected urban sanctuary for Comedor’s progressive dining experience. Located on Fifth and Colorado, a busy intersection in Austin’s central business district, the new building takes a strong corner position to leave space for a protected open-air inner courtyard.

Quiet from the outside, inside visitors are transported to an urban oasis in the heart of Austin. A façade of dark brick interspersed with glass brick glows at night, piquing curiosity from the street, while screening interior spaces from direct view. The heart of Comedor is the interior courtyard which contains Palo Verde and Acacia trees and a small fountain. Over one-hundred-year-old exposed brick from the adjacent historical McGarrah Jessee Building lends texture and context to the courtyard, which opens to the elements to take advantage of Austin’s climate. The interior double-height, glass-wrapped dining space adjoins to the courtyard via four retractable guillotine window walls operated by hand cranks, allowing Comedor to open completely to the outdoors.

McKinney York Architects worked as architect of record in collaboration with design architect Olson Kundig.

Recognition

  • AIA Austin Design Award for Merit, 2024
  • LIV Hospitality Design Awards, Architectural Design of the Year – Eating Space, 2022
  • The Architect’s Newspaper Awards, Honorable Mention: Commercial Hospitality, 2020
  • The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, American Architecture Award, 2022

Publications

  • Global Design News, Seattle-based Olson Kundig’s Comedor Restaurant structure is an urban oasis with its atrium protecting its visitors in this bustling Austin area, Jan 2023

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