Feasibility studies and preliminary designs are in progress for a stylish new boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Austin's Congress Avenue. The existing historical building envelope and facade will be preserved, while the addition of a pool deck and hotel tower will enliven the building and capture the great potential of its size and location.

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Revival Texas is a pedestrian-oriented retail experience filled with local businesses and unique moments. The site plan was carefully developed to integrate the architecture with the landscape and work around the existing large oak trees. The main square will feel like it has evolved over time, blurring the line between historic and contemporary, especially by using reclaimed and repurposed materials. All these elements will combine to make a unique project that serves local residents and destination shoppers equally well.

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For this competition, the office pooled its collective talents in order to produce a throughly realized concept for the existing Seaholm Intake Center on town lake. Our solution focused on the building as an existing and potential HUB for the various routes of movement that are present in the area. This includes pedestrian, joggers, bikers and meandering city goers looking for an interesting experience.

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The Miracle Foundation, a non-profit in Austin, provides humane housing for orphans in India by building orphanages through charitable contributions. DCA donated a design concept and drawings for a 24,000 sq ft building complex. Covering a 2.5-acre site in Jharsuguda, India, it includes housing for 200 orphans, 20 housemothers, and visiting volunteers, as well as offices, a playground, gardens, and a prayer hall. In addition to creating an environmentally responsive building form and system, the design avoids an institutional aesthetic by offering a simple, contemporary style complemented by vibrant regional colors. Click through boxes at right for more images.