“This project creates a domestic  environment with architecture that is sympathetic and very thoughtful in terms of daylighting, proportional scale, and materiality.”
— Christiana Moss, FAIA

Location Austin
Client City of Austin
Architect McKinney York Architects
Design Team Al York, FAIA; Aaron Taylor, AIA;
Kristen Fox, AIA
Contractor IE2 Construction
MEP Engineer Jose I. Guerra
Structural Engineer Structures
Civil Engineers Urban Design Group (now Dunaway); Chan & Partners Engineering
Landscape Architect Co’Design
LEED Consulting HOLOS Collaborative
Surveying Hejl, Lee & Associates

Consisting of a 10-room residential wing and a freestanding daycare building, this project offers spaces for regeneration to women and children experiencing homelessness in Austin. Although a restrictive budget limited formal articulation, the simple structures employ subtle design moves to create an elevated sense of tranquility for inhabitants. Durable materials communicate safety and protection, while a series of unique light monitors brightens up communal spaces and connects the two buildings morphologically. Logical site placement and landscaping further connect the structures, which are enveloped in lush greenery. 

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