Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston and the Wedding Venue project to be featured at SxSW

MF Architecture team member Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston has been selected to be featured as part of the Say It Loud Exhibit at this year’s SxSW!

With a “To see our faces, hear our voices, feel our impact within the colorful tapestry of our heritage” concept, the exhibit features projects by diverse design professionals, as well as quotes and interviews on their experiences in the architecture and design professions across the nation.

Featherston is an advocate for community engagement through her participation with the ACE Mentor Program of Austin, AIA Austin’s Latinos in Architecture, National AIA Equity + Future of Architecture Committee, & Advisory Board Member for the Hip Hop Architecture Camp. By engaging in these organizations, she is strengthening the importance of education & mentorship, where creating opportunities to become an agent of change within your community is key to an equitable practice of Architecture.

Featherston was the Project Architect/Assist of our Wedding Venue project. The design team also included Kevin Olsen (Project Architect/PM), Michael Deere, Jayson Kabala, Ian Ellis, and Matt Fajkus. The Wedding Venue is a carefully sited event space nestled into the Hill Country. Sited to take advantage of the existing natural landscape, the building negotiates the predicament of having an indoor & outdoor wedding ceremony space. Public and private realms are shifted in plan, with the primary hall inviting one to enter. The building is tucked between existing trees on the lot, allowing for the change in grade to protect one side while the other openly invites one into the landscape.

The exhibit begins in Austin this Sunday, March 10th, until Wednesday, March 13th. You can vote for Ingrid Gonzalez Featherston on the People Choice Survey.

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Construction Update: RigUp office @ One Eleven

The RigUp office @ One Eleven is almost completed. The floor area starts with a white oak wood wrapped core that houses the main functions of the space including telephone booth area, break area kitchenettes, restrooms, and small meeting booth spaces. As you move outwards from the core, the space opens to an industrial concrete floor and steel and glass aesthetic with open work spaces and lounge areas. The desks are angled to capitalize on the view towards Lady Bird Lake and also respond to the existing building perimeter. Lounge areas are used to break up the large expanses of desk and also create a buffer between work and play. End capping the 24,000 SF of tenant space are the main break area kitchen/ all hands meeting and a quiet gathering space at the opposite end for deep work which were intended to have a residential feel. 

MFxPlans: Officially Launching Ready-To-Build Plan Sets!

 
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Craving a custom home designed by an architect and eager to build right now? Looking for ways to beat time and budget constraints without sacrificing designed quality?
 
Matt Fajkus Architecture is excited to announce that, MFxPlans, an opportunity for you to buy ready-to-build architectural plans online, is officially launched! Each house from MFxPlans house will have a story to tell, and each considered design reflects our practice’s knowledge in creating spaces that impact people and their daily lives. Furthermore, because the materials are only called out generically, you have the chance to add your personal touch and make the finish-out of your home however you like!

The drawings for the first MFxPlans house, “SHELLter,” are now available for purchase

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Construction Progress: Filtered Frame Dock (Glass and Millwork)

Glass installation and millwork progress at the Filtered Frame Dock. The upper level of the dock features a motorized pocket door made of perforated stainless steel, a motorized Douglas Fir panel for the TV slot, Texas Lueders limestone countertops, and frameless glass railings. More about Filtered Frame Dock here

Alive + Well Austin named "Best of Austin" by The Austin Chronicle's Critics Picks in Services

Alive + Well Austin has been named 2018 Critics Picks “Best of Austin” by The Austin Chronicle.

“Babies get shots all the time, so please ignore your needle phobia for a hot second and let your body revel in the glory of this Drip Drop IV Vitamin Bar. The expert wizards at Alive + Well custom-mix vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, and amino acid fusions to be delivered intravenously (cells absorb the goodness better that way). There are drips for beauty, weight, peak performance, immunity, energy, and, yes, party animal, they’ve got one for hangovers, too. As if that’s not enough, there’s yoga and meditation, an infrared sauna and float chamber, and a wonderful chef-driven, gluten-free cafe, Elle’s, all in one lovely facility designed by MF Architecture. Get thee to Bee Cave.”

More here.

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MF Architecture selected as part of Austin Design Week


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Founded in 2016, Austin Design Week’s mission is to bring together the Austin design community. ADW invites designers in various disciplines to showcase the best in visual, interactive, web and mobile, product, industrial, architectural and civic design. ADW offers an opportunity to unite designers across Austin to act as one inclusive community - sharing their talents, projects, ideas and work spaces. Participants and attendees will explore the cutting edge work being done through some of the city’s most innovative creators.

As part of this week-long initiative, MF Architecture will have an open door for self-guided tours from 2-4pm on Tuesday, November 6th.

More here.

MF Architecture selected to design RigUp's headquarter at One Eleven Congress

RigUp, the energy industry’s largest and fastest-growing marketplace for contractors and service providers, has selected MF Architecture to design their new headquarter at One Eleven Congress in Austin.

The downtown office tower’s plaza and lobby space were recently updated by Hsu Office of Architecture, in collaboration with Studio Dwg. The development, named Fareground, is “an inside-outside, eat-drink, work-play, early-to-rise, late-to-close club.” 

The new office design for RigUp will be centered around creating a calm and relaxing environment for the tech savvy while also maintaining a level of creative collaboration for team spaces. 

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Great Evening at MF Architecture and Kasita's Sun x Design event [PHOTOS]

 

Sun x Design, an event that celebrated Matt Fajkus and Dason Whitsett's new book "Architectural Science and Sun", was a great success! The Happy Hour event featured authors talks by Fajkus and Whitsett. The guests enjoyed small bites and drinks while mingling amidst Alkusari Stone's downtown Austin showroom. Sponsored by Alkusari Stone, Tribeza Magazine and Di Lux Austin

 

Alive + Well Austin named "Best of ATX 2018" by Austin Monthly Magazine

 

Alive + Well Austin has been named the "Best One-Stop Shop for Wellness" in Austin by Austin Monthly Magazine. 

“We love the self-care theme of this soothing Bee Cave space, which includes a float tank, three-wave infrared saunas, ionic foot bath therapy, yoga and meditation classes, massages, IV vitamin therapy, and a healthy on-site café.”

More here

 

MF Architecture featured on Wallpaper* Magazine's Architects' Directory 2018

 

MF Architecture is featured on Wallpaper* Magazine's Architects' Directory 2018.

"Harking from across the globe, this fresh group of emerging architects join the Wallpaper* Architects' Directory for 2018...Founded in 2011 by Matt Fajkus, this Austin, Texas-based practice - also headed up by principals David Birt and Sarah Johnson - find clear and simple solutions to complex problems with expertise and energy. Valuing sustainable practices, the studio also works as an academic think tank in collaboration with the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture"

Also featured: AutohausMain Stay House

[Bracketed Space] House named the "Regional Winner in Contemporary Interior Design by Luxe Interiors + Design's Red Awards"

 

[Bracketed Space] House, designed by Matt Fajkus Architecture and furnished by Gingerwood Design, has been named the "Regional Winner in Contemporary Interior Design (Austin + San Antonio) by Luxe Interiors + Design's Red Awards".

Architecturally, a diverse material palette is paired with views and natural light to create a unique ambiance in each space. The interior space extends to a courtyard which terraces down to the tree canopy. 

 

Construction Progress: Filtered Frame Dock

 

More about Filtered Frame Dock here

Descendant House featured on AIA Austin CRAN Tour

 

The Descendant House has been featured on AIA Austin's CRAN Tour. CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) is a resource for those who practice residential architecture, and it hosts a monthly public construction tour providing special programs and continuing education to interested parties.

During the walkthrough, a talk on “Crafting Architecture with [IN]VISIBLE Site Constraints” was given by Matt Fajkus and Sarah Johnson.

“Site constraints are often a valuable part of the design process, interjecting richness and meaning in ways that feel real and necessary for a project to exist within its unique context. The design process for the Descendant House project had to factor in many site constraints that were both visible, and invisible. These constrains include; navigating historical context of the original mid-century modern home that was deemed unsalvageable due to extreme site conditions; addressing extreme site conditions, such as the Erosion Hazard Zone and deep site cuts, in order to construct a new home that would not be subject to the same distress over time; and utilizing a sloping site to provide private zones for a multi-generational family.”