Met Retail building anchors the entrance to the Met Center mixed use development. The design was guided by challenging site constraints, which included an underground gas pipeline. A specially detailed, board-formed concrete wall, serves as a design element and centerpiece as well as blast protection from the pipeline, while contrasting simple CMU block walls wrap the remainder of the building in a minimalist fashion. The North facade is a wall of butt-joined glazing which provides an uninterrupted view and connection to Downtown Austin.
Location, Austin, Texas 2009
Scope, Retail Building, 5,757 s.f.
Services, Masterplanning, Architecture
Client, Zydeco Development
Team, Milton Hime, Ethan Glass, Jonathan Pearson
Awards, AIA Austin, 2009
News, Texas Architect 2013 - Standing Up to the Strip Mall