Residential Community Clubhouse Kyle, Texas completed in 2017
This project was conceived as a hub for residents of a small community to provide a variety of services and amenities. In addition to community management offices, the building offers a community lounge and living room for shared events, a kitchen for catering events, an exercise room, and a neighborhood swimming pool with picnic and outdoor cooking facilities.
A descending natural wood canopy draws visitors into the front entry and then opens back up to a large, flexible open lounge space soaked in natural light. The different textures of metal cladding give the building a refined edge using common materials, and offset the rough texture of the native limestone accents.
Exposed steel beams span expansive sliding glass doors that pocket into a steel-clad panel at the rear of the building, bringing the gracious covered patio and view into the swimming pool into the lounge area. Ample shaded seating area wraps this area to create an outdoor environment that can be enjoyed even during the heat of the summer.
By combining so many amenities in one place, we sought to create a point of contact where neighbors can come together and develop a strong sense of community.
Welcome Center sign
Overall street view
Exterior view of exercise room
Detail of stone entry wall
Corrugated steel cladding at side entry
View from entry through to back patio
Main community lounge area
Clerestory above lounge and kitchen
Rear wall opens to covered patio
Shaded covered patio flows into lounge
Covered patio lounge
Picnic area at pool
Custom perforated weathered steel pool fence
Pool fence detail
Loma Vista Community Center
Clubhouse renovation Austin, Texas completed in 2016
This project was a transformation of an old dated 1980’s clubhouse into a contemporary community center that will serve as a hub of social life for the residents of this East Austin neighborhood. The renovation began by stripping the 9,000 square foot shell down to its frame in problem areas and amending the structure to open up the dark interior. New storefront glazing on the front and back now brings natural light pouring in to the refreshed, open-ceiling interior. A sculptural custom steel and wood staircase now connects the main level to the office space above, and anchors the double-height entry foyer. The space is expanded by open sightlines into the glass-walled yoga room and children’s play area. The new community meeting room opens to the neighborhood through full-height storefront glass and features a clean and full-featured kitchenette and breakroom. The expansive new exercise room looks out over the swimming pool and horizon beyond, and is supported by completely new and fully accessible restrooms and locker rooms. The project features new plumbing, electrical work, and lighting throughout, completing the evolution of this building into a modern, energy efficient, and welcoming centerpiece that will continue to serve the community as it grows.
Woodlake Estates Event Center
Woodlake Estates Event Center
Residential Amenities Building San Antonio, Texas completed in 2019
Comprised of over 5,000 square feet of conditioned space and almost another 4,000 square feet of covered outdoor porch space, this amenities center will host a variety of community events in the main hall. It also provides a 24/7 exercise room and facilities to support the adjacent splashpad and swimming pool.
The form of the building takes its inspiration from the traditional Texas ranch with its steeper pitched central space for volume and loft and its shallower pitched deep wraparound porch for shade and airflow. Inside, the main volume is spanned by scissor trusses that allow a completely clean, open, flexible floor layout, whether hosting a picnic, bingo night, or graduation party. The space is warmed by a large stone fireplace on one side, cooled by two big ass fans, and opens up on temperate days to the porch and the splashpad by means of two large glass overhead garage doors. All this flexible event space is supported by a catering kitchen with plenty of storage and prep space for large events.
The building’s simple, traditional form is complimented by native limestone accents, while simultaneously using a sharp smooth stucco finish to keep the lines contemporary. The overall effect is of a familiar and climate-responsive form brought up to date to serve as a venue for today’s community.
Windsor Mill Redevelopment
Mixed Use Development Windsor, Colorado Feasibility Study and Concept Design * collaboration with Jay Corder Architect and Holtkamp Planning
Root Architecture was part of a team tasked with investigating this existing and severely damaged historic landmark mill building sited in Windsor, Colorado, and conceiving of a development solution to reinvigorate the mill and it's downtown locale.
Retail - Furniture Store Dallas, Texas conceptual design * designed in collaboration with Jay Corder, AIA
The new flagship store for IO Metro was designed as a remodel of an existing building to incorporate a new branding image for the company. A bold new facade drawn customers into the dynamic open retail floor. Moveable partitions allow maximum flexibility as the displays evolve from season to season. A flexible track system allows each arrangement to have optimal lighting.
This project relocated an iconic South Congress restaurant to the heart of Sixth Street in downtown Austin. The site, a former bar and lounge that was known to host live music inspired the restaurant owner to add that dimension to her already successful operation. The design seeks to balance an architectural deference to the existing historic building with a lively new branding associated with this well-loved Austin landmark.
The owners of Annies Restaurant sought a clean, refined, and modest intervention to the original 19th century masonry warehouse building that established their new space on Austin’s historic Congress Avenue. The weathered brick is exposed on the walls throughout the main dining area as a record of the space’s past. Fabric wrapped acoustical panels are suspended from the ceiling and illuminated from above to create a rhythm of texture and light, unifying the dining room and ensuring a comfortable softness for the patrons. From raw steel countertops to the handcrafted patinaed zinc bar, tactile and evocative materials are selected to bring a sense of authenticity that compliments the fresh, organic gourmet served there.
The Nevada Museum of Art creates an architecture of dynamic urban presence in downtown Reno, Nevada. The Museum frames a series of well-scaled and formed galleries, choreographed in a sequence for memorable visual experiences. The architecture is shaped by the sun, capturing a unique identity with the geologic formations of the mythical Black Rock Desert. The carefully lapped handcrafted random seam pattern of the Anthra-Zinc applied over the west facades exaggerate the form of the building with a unique organic tapestry of shade and shadow. Entry into the Museum is through a compressed wedge of intimately scaled walls inserted under the raked black ceiling of the first level public spaces. The visitor is at once inside and outside in a glass pavilion and four-story skylight atrium, carving through the entire section of the building. Lifting ones eyes upward, the atrium is an ever-changing chamber of form, light, and shadow. The roof terrace sculpture garden caps the atrium and staircase. This space is formed by the edges of the building as they sweep up on a rake to the sky where random crevices on the west frame the city, the sky, and distant views of the Black Rock Desert.
Hercules Public Library*
Branch Library Hercules, California completed in 2005 * work performed while employed with will bruder+partners
The new Hercules Public Library has been conceived to fulfill the charge to create a landmark public building, a welcoming community gathering place, and a functional, efficient vessel of knowledge and discovery. Sited on a raised plinth of land, the library will be a visible beacon from the freeway—while visitors enjoy long vistas from its reading room. The main spaces of the library unfold around the crystalline ellipse of the sky garden—placed at the heart of the building with carefully calibrated sun angles. The functional choreography and aesthetics of the Hercules Public Library are the result of extensive research, community workshops and public participation. This is coupled with careful observation of the region and place and its optimism and growth. The building will be the culmination of these experiences - generating a timeless, vibrant library for the community.