Owning property in Austin is gold…so we bought a pawn shop. A drab, concrete tilt-wall building is revitalized into a beautiful creative office and retail space, combining an established design identity with the existing neighborhood framework of East Austin.

Project Name: Eastside Design Studio
Studio Name:  Dick Clark + Associates
Project size: 10310
Completion date: 2020
Building levels: 2
Location: Austin, United States
Photography: Paul Bardagjy

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The tilt-wall panels give the structural flexibility to puncture the street-facing façade for a lower-level retail space and a design studio on the upper – providing dynamic indoor-outdoor connections, echoing the studio’s design aesthetic.

©Paul Bardagjy

This transformation accentuates architecture and celebrates structure as an extension of this fabric with attention to material selection, interwoven programmatic elements, ample access to shared outdoor space and complementary spaces for design collaboration.

©Paul Bardagjy

While the surrounding context is perpetually being torn down and rebuilt, this adaptive reuse reduces the project’s carbon footprint, and not only preserves a 40-year-old design legacy but allows it to grow by planting a new seed, taken
from the same tree.


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