McKinney York Architects


Austin City Loft

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“It’s as nice a combination as I can think of of complexity and richness in an overall sense of order.”

-Frank Harmon, FAIA

Transitioning to this simple space was seen as an opportunity for the owners to winnow possessions and highlight their art and book collections. A 21-foot-tall egg-crate wall of books with a catwalk at mid-height defines the dramatic space. True to loft living, pipes and ducts are exposed and rooms open to each other to capture light and views. The occasional need for privacy is met by large sliding panels of pale green glass and a pair of floating colored walls. The new kitchen and bath take materials cues from the glass doors and double-height windows bringing the detailing into harmony throughout.

Recognition: Citation of Honor, AIA Austin, 2007

Tour: AIA Austin Homes Tour, 2005

Publication: Austin American-Statesman Glossy, Sep 2005; Austin Home, Winter 2013; Austin Home and Living, 2005; The Good Life, Dec 2008; Luxury Home Quarterly, May/June 2010; Residential Architect, Mar 2005; Signature Kitchens & Baths, Spring 2010; Tribeza, Aug 2005;

Sustainability: use of low VOC paints; veneered cabinetry; and commercial carpet tiles with 42% recycled content