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W Dock seeks to answer the question: what is the minimum number of elements needed to create a boat dock that is both structurally and aesthetically elegant? Said juror Roberto de Leon, FAIA: “The W Dock was really quite a beautiful, elegantly executed project. It takes a rather banal program and elevates it to something else.”
The Hill Country House, which is virtually independent of municipal water and energy, also received a sustainability commendation. Commented juror Claudia Harari: “It’s a very complete project that spans all the aesthetic aspects of integration with the landscape, interpretation of rural architecture, and sustainability.”
Living off the grid: Hill Country House
The Hill Country House was 1 of 4 winners at this year’s Austin Green Awards. The residence is a model for green living, powered by solar panels, with geothermal climate control, and on-site rainwater collection.
The home is also on the cover of the latest issue of Residential Design magazine. From the article: “This is a house that doesn’t upstage the life within; instead, it sets the stage for a myriad of pursuits and experiences…It’s all about the humanity it shelters and the landscape it reveals.”
Partners Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera took turns as critics for the studios of Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao, a visiting professor at Yale and Columbia universities.
As part of his own Studio Mexico, Juan spoke to Universidad de Monterrey landscape architecture students about his research on the “landscape vs. compact city.”
Life in the fast lane
MRA has paired up with TBG Partners to design signature elements of the new 183 South Expressway Project, a tolled expressway featuring miles of new highway, bicycle lanes, sidewalks, and share use paths.
The project includes a variety of features designed by MRA, including distinctive V-shaped supports for the overpasses, visual screens, vehicular and pedestrian bridges, and precast sound walls.
Connecting with nature
The award-winning architecture of Residence 1446 has been making headlines across the web, with features on popular design blogs including ArchDaily, Contemporist and Dwell.
Forming the centerpiece of a master plan that includes a guest house, pedestrian bridge, and boathouse, Residence 1446 acts as a hub for the entire complex. The design connects to its expansive site through panoramic views and outdoor living spaces.
Parks and recreation
The Republic Square Park Kiosk in downtown Austin is open for business.
Containing a full-service cafe and restrooms, the small structure is the final component of the revitalization of Republic Square, an active, urban green space grounded in rich history that traces back to the birth of the city.
Vertical House received a Judges’ Commendation in Italy from the Barbara Cappochin International Biennial for Architecture. The prize recognizes projects that reflect architectural design as a “binding objective of our society.”
Hot off the press
The Box House renovation made its print debut in Puerto Rico’s Ambiente y Color, while Casa Ithualli was featured in major Mexican newsmagazines Casas & Interiores and Ambientes.
Meanwhile, two MRA projects made the cut for Texas Modern, a compendium of residential projects across the Lone Star State. The book’s release received a shout-out from Architectural Digest, which highlighted the origins and evolution of Texas Modernism.
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Dec 22, 2017
Casa Ithualli, Monterrey, México
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Casa Ithualli, Monterrey
Austin, TX, USA – Just in time to grant one lucky winner’s Christmas wish, MRA has unveiled its latest project in Monterrey, Mexico: Casa Ithualli is a modern residence that will be raffled off on Friday, December 22 in a nationwide lottery to raise money for college scholarships.
Dec 12, 2016
Awards for Miró Rivera Architects
Eco-friendly: Two projects earn green awards
LifeWorks and the AISD Performing Arts Center took home honors at the inaugural Austin Green Awards celebration on November 9. Launched this year by the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems, the awards are the first program “to specifically highlight the outstanding accomplishments in the broad area of sustainable design and innovation” in Austin. Located in East Austin, LifeWorks has earned a 5-star sustainability rating from Austin Energy Green Building. Designed with Pfluger Architects, the AISD Performing Arts Center anticipates LEED Gold certification.
Best in Texas: MRA accepts top firm award
On November 4, the Miró Rivera team accepted the 2016 Architecture Firm Award from the Texas Society of Architects at their annual gala in San Antonio. Since 1966, TxA has recognized one firm each year that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for at least ten years; it is the highest honor that TxA can bestow upon a firm and its work. “I believe it is their compassion—their humane, even loving approach—that has resulted in such great work. They are proving that…as architects we have the ability and the power to lead the way to a world that is beautiful, relevant and flourishing for all.” – Rick Archer, FAIA
In June, Juan Miró traveled to Santiago, Chile to participate in the 2016 International Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Juan joined a panel on urban tactics and strategies, presenting a lecture on re-imagining American cities and landscapes.
In addition, Juan Miró and Miguel Rivera served as design award jurors for several AIA chapters—including the Potomac Valley, Baltimore, and Columbus.
After receiving design awards from the AIA Austin and Texas Society of Architects in 2015, Chinmaya Mission Austin has been recognized on the international stage with a 2016 Faith & Form Award for New Religious Architecture. The program was founded in 1978 with the goal of honoring the best in architecture, liturgical design, and art for religious spaces.
Chinmaya Mission Austin was published by South Korea’s C3 Journal in a feature on Indian architecture reinterpreted in the 21st century, while Hilltop Residence debuted in Puerto Rico’s Ambiente y Color magazine.
Locally, Miguel Rivera was named one of Austin’s “most groundbreaking and refreshing architects” by Tribeza, which also included LifeWorks in a photo-essay documenting Austin’s coolest buildings as seen by bike.
Observation Tower at Circuit of the Americas, Austin
picture : Paul Finkel | Piston Design
Observation Tower at Circuit of the Americas Texas – 14 Nov 2012
Texas Exes Alumni Center, Austin, Texas, USA
photo : Paul Finkel
Texas Exes Alumni Center Austin Building
Public Restroom, Austin, Texas, USA
picture : Paul Bardagjy Photography
Observation Tower at Circuit of the Americas Texas – 11 Sep 2008
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Dallas Center for Performing Arts
Design: Joshua Prince-Ramus / Rem Koolhaas
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Wyly Theatre Building in Texas
McNay Art Museum – Jane and Arthur Stieren Center for Exhibitions, San Antonio
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McNay Art Museum Building
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