La Condesa / Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

© Paul Bardagjy

The design of La Condesa is the unique collaboration of local designers, artists, and artisans to create a space inspired by the contemporary architecture of Mexico with a composition of contrasting textures, colors and levels of finish and craft.

More on La Condesa after the break.

Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Location: 400A West 2nd Street, Austin, TX,
Project Team: Michael Hsu, Kevin Stewart, Maija Kreishman, Micah Land
Contributing Decorator: One Eleven Design
Landscape Design: D-Crain
Mural Design: Sodalitas Art Group
Project Area: 4,400 sqf
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy

Icenhauer’s / Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

© Lars Frazer Photography

Named for the business owners, Icenhauer’s is located in the up and coming Rainey Street bar district of . The site originally contained a house built in 1893, of which the front two rooms complete with original wood interior siding were saved and restored as a part of this new cocktail lounge.

More on Icenhauer’s, including pictures and drawings, after the break.

Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Location: 83 Rainey St Austin, TX, USA
Project Team: Michael Hsu, Maija Kreishman, Allison Burke
General Contractor: Franklin-Alan
Landscape Design: Jackie Hadler Design
Project Area: 2,775 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Lars Frazer Photography

Architecture City Guide: Austin

For this week the Architecture City Guide series headed to the city of , . Already our third stop in the Lone State, it is easy to see why Texans take such pride in their state, even when the Cowboys go 6 and 10. Both the capital of and Live Music, Austin is a vibrant city that takes pride in being far from ordinary. Austin also plays host to South By Southwest (SXSW) which is being held this week, March 11th – 20th.  Its eclectic and liberal lifestyle have led many Austinites to adopt the slogan “Keep Austin Weird.” In this context its architecture is as diverse as its people. This short exposé of a few contemporary and modern buildings hardly tells the story of Austin, so we ask you, the readers, to add to the list. Please share your favorites with us in the comment section below.

The Architecture City Guide: Austin list and corresponding map after the break!

Uchiko / Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

© Paul Bardagjy

Uchiko is the sister restaurant to one of ’s most respected restaurants, Uchi, which is operated by renowned chef Tyson Cole. The design evokes the atmosphere of a simple Japanese farmhouse with an emphasis on natural materials and evidence of craftsmanship.

Project description, images, and drawings after the break.

Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
Project Team: Michael Hsu, Jay Colombo, Maija Kreishman
Location: 4200 North Lamar, Austin, TX, USA
Contractor: Blue and Associates
Landscape Design: D-Crain
Contributing Decorator: One Eleven Design
Project Area: 4,995 sqf
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul Bardagjy