At our Frank project, StoryBuilt crafted the design and vision for this community over a five-year period, working in partnership between our in-house design and development teams, along with the Bouldin Creek Neighborhood Association and city officials to rezone the land and create a restrictive covenant. The project is a quintessential urban infill development for our team, located along Bouldin Creek, only steps from downtown and South Austin. The goal of the master planning was to place a thoughtful mixed-use building at the street edge, surrounding historic live oak trees, and step down to townhomes behind this building, followed by a neighborhood of 30+ single family homes that step down to the creek.
The architecture is a direct reflection of the neighborhood. At the ground floor, retail amenities surround a landscape of historic live oak trees. This unique urban landscape connects the public from S. First Street, all the way through the entire project, down to a dedicated public park and trail system and eventually Bouldin Creek. Along the plaza, the glass wraps around the retail/office areas to create brightly illuminated interior spaces, while the panels of board formed concrete create a pattern in these walls that is carried to the large plaza walls that act as large tree wells. The goal is to create a seamless architectural experience between the sunken landscape retaining walls of concrete and the adjacent ground floor commercial walls, while strategically locating roof gardens along projected retail roofs, creating a rhythm of “lily pads” for residents above to enjoy, alternating between green roof and elevated tree wells.
Project Type/Number of Units
23 single-family homes, 7 townhomes, 63 condos, 20,000 sf Commercial
Dan Sokolosky, Michael Padavic, Kristen Padavic, Jessica McCarty, Robert Borgeson