Michael Hsu converts Thirties Austin church into spacious design workplace

January 10, 2023 by No Comments

US studio Michael Hsu Workplace of Structure has tailored a former church in Austin, Texas into an open workplace that maintains the unique gabled kind and supplies.

Initially inbuilt 1930, the church was transformed right into a 19,600-square foot (1,820 metre) flagship studio for Argodesign, a worldwide product design workplace.

argodesign office in a converted church
Michael Hsu Workplace of Structure tailored a former church in Austin

Michael Hsu Workplace of Structure preserved the present L-shaped footprint, roof construction and exterior white brick whereas opening the facade with metal and glass to supply pure daylighting for the workplace.

A cantilevered addition juts out from the north facet of the constructing to create a coated entry, and the eaves of the roof have been lifted for steady clerestory home windows that complement the absolutely glazed gabled ends.

Covered entryway of argodesign office in Texas
A cantilevered addition creates a coated entry

“We thoughtfully designed the workplace to protect the church’s character and to provide argodesign room to invent,” mentioned founding principal Michael Hsu.

“There are a selection of collaborative and personal areas to accommodate completely different working kinds and tasks.”

argodesign office by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
There’s a vary of collaborative, lounge and workspaces

On the inside, the present wooden trusses have been upgraded to hybrid wooden and metal scissor trusses that reach beneath a linear skylight.

“The construction is uncovered, and the supplies and framework carry out whereas additionally working because the end,” the studio mentioned.

Raw materials in the office interior of argodesign
The interiors are characterised by uncooked supplies

The uncooked supplies – uncovered structural metal, pine framing, white oak wall cladding, and acoustic felt surfaces – give the interiors a modest, pure feeling that flows between the three ranges.

“The studio is open and assorted, primarily based on an atomic principle of design house, with a group of areas that encourage casual group conferences and interactions, in addition to devoted areas the place groups congregate and collaborate,” the studio mentioned.

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A lounge house and a flexible kitchen on the principle flooring

A big entry courtyard serves as an out of doors lounge that connects to the principle degree and sits above a semi-underground decrease degree with coaching areas, convention rooms and bike storage.

The unique church altar nonetheless serves as a focus, however now capabilities as a stepped presentation platform with a customized, arched steel-framed window.

Previously stained glass circular window
The round window was initially stained glass

“The round window was initially a stained glass window,” the studio mentioned. “We selected to protect that factor’s form as a homage to the earlier use.”

The window is on axis with a semi-translucent metallic mesh staircase that results in the highest degree, which holds open desk house, communal tables and personal convention rooms.

A dynamic stacking scrum wall – consisting of three movable whiteboards on a ceiling excessive monitor – will be opened for collaboration or stacked to attach each halves of the room.

“We have been intent on this studio being as versatile and livable as it’s stunning,” mentioned Sonia Prusaitis, the final supervisor of Argodesign Austin.

“The movable partitions and minimal non-public workplaces enable us to reconfigure the house to swimsuit us as our group grows and our wants change.”

argodesign office by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
A again courtyard options stone terraces

The inside areas are oriented outwards, together with the cantilevered library lounge that appears in direction of downtown Austin, a terraced patio with views of South Congress Avenue and a collaborative maker house that opens to the again courtyard with stone terraces.

The workplace for Argodesign will not be the primary church conversion Michael Hsu has accomplished. The studio lately remodeled a Forties brick church into an Asian smokehouse in Houston.

The studio additionally lately accomplished an outpost for the restaurant Uchi in Houston.

The pictures is by Chase Daniel.

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