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Sip Pho Restaurant in Austin

July 10, 2020

Sip Pho Restaurant

Design: MAGIC architecture

Location: Austin, Texas, USA

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Guided by the owner’s interest in simple and clean spaces, the architecture of the Sip Pho Restaurant building was an exploration of how to make ordinary building parts look extraordinary. Located north of the University of Texas, the building’s quiet composition is a reaction to the busy and graphic mess of the surrounding streetscape.

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

The building’s forms are based on the simple shapes of pioneer Texas structures, which were often basic gables roofs with overhangs for porches. The pioneer language here is translated into a composition of two forms: a gable + a box.

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Each form has a different function as a direct representation of use, the gable (dining room) and the box (kitchen). The dining room is a column free 20 foot x60 foot space with exposed Douglas Fir wood framed studs and rafters. The box (kitchen) is left understated to conceal the kitchen HVAC and related building systems.

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Simple available materials were used throughout. Pre-finished corrugated white siding is the primary exterior material, cladding walls and roof, broken with moments of site-built windows. Taking the language to the interior, a palette of white drywall, Douglas Fir framing and concrete floor carries throughout. To avoid structural beams and expensive window systems costs, the wall’s 2×6 wood studs are left exposed with insulated glass units glazed between them. Great attention and detail was given to conceal all ductwork and lighting from view, to quiet the overall visual experience.

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Recognizing the knowledge of the pioneers, simple sustainability strategies were used to extend the building’s lifespan. To reduce heat and water intrusion, deep overhangs cover all windows, blocking out the sun, shedding water away and keeping patrons dry. Readily available skylights are spaced at 4 foot intervals facing North to provide ample daylight for lunch service and rhythmic shadows throughout the day. At night, the experience differs to reflect the menu. Warm adjustable down lights provide general lighting while a concealed tape light uplight each side of the ceiling.

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As a whole, the building is a reflection of the a simple ask From the owners: Make ordinary things become extraordinary.

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Sip Pho Restaurant, Austin – BuildingInformation

Architect, Interiors, Lighting, Signage: MAGIC architecture

Structural Engineer: MJ Structures

Project size: 2450 ft2
Project Budget: $1000000
Completion date: 2019
Building levels: 1

Sip Pho Restaurant Austin Texas

Images: Chase Daniel

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Location: Austin, Texas, USA

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