Known as a scrappy building along a rough street in Austin, we were approached to re-imagine a former liquor store as an all day cafe + custom bicycle shop.

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Project Name: The Meteor
Studio Name: MAGIC architecture
Project Size: 2250 ft2
Site Size: 7500 ft2
Project Budget: $650000
Completion Date: 2019
Building Levels: 1
Location: Austin, United States
Photography: Leonid Furmansky

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The building was a 1920’s concrete building, completely hidden from years of ill-covered signage and awnings. Looking to capitalize upon the re-revitalization of Congress Avenue, the first move of architecture was to give the address something iconic.

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Working within an existing window opening, we designed a “krinkle storefront”. Like potato chips or a wrinkled shirt, the windows work to reflect light to drivers and street. As if to say, there are “good days + bad ones”…the windows reflect the sky accordingly. As a cycylist, there are good days and bad ones. One can blame the weather or tool, but the windows remind one there’s an upward and downward view of the sky.

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Applied materials were removed and original materials were cleaned to restore their original state. Encaustic patterned tile, purposefully placed skylights and signage provide a surprisingly playful and casual experience. A built reflection of the South Congress neighborhood. The original steel trusses and pine roof was sandblasted to expose the original materials. The pink terrazzo floor was restored, including the 1920’s in-floor safe.

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