LifeWorks-by-Miro-Rivera-Architects-02Located in East Austin, a historically socioeconomically-disadvantaged area, the 33,600 sq ft branch will provide a hub for educational and financial literacy in the Central Texas region.
LifeWorks in AustinThe building establishes a strong, urban edge that follows the curvature of the adjacent road. A colonnade acts as a communal "front porch," inviting visitors in and providing shade, refuge, identity and light.
LifeWorks in AustinDeep overhangs capture prevailing winds and provide shade to a rhythmic arrangement of windows, while outdoor spaces offer flexible meeting areas. The interior utilizes colors to create an effective visual wayfinding strategy.
LifeWorks in AustinA tranquil, uplifting palette minimizes the institutional nature of the facility and amplifies the spirit of healing, inspiration and confidence that permeates the organization.
LifeWorks in AustinDespite a tight budget ($158/sq ft), sustainability was conceived of as a central part of the design. During construction, 82.9% of waste was recycled or salvaged, and 52.5% of the building materials were sourced in-state.
LifeWorks in AustinWhen compared to a baseline case study, LifeWorks uses 79.6% less energy, 80% less potable water for irrigation, and 28.3% less indoor potable water. Over 90% of the occupied spaces have exterior views and natural light.
LifeWorks in AustinThe building is sited near several bus routes and a light rail line, while bike racks, showers, lockers and electric car charging stations promote alternative means of transportation (the site received a 77, or "Very Walkable", rating from
LifeWorks in AustinLifeWorks is the fourth commercial project to receive a 5-star rating from the Austin Energy Green Building program, the nation's first green building program and the model for the LEED certification system. Since the commercial rating program's inception in 1995, only 2.7% of projects have achieved 5 stars.
LifeWorks in AustinLocation: Austin, Texas, USA
Architects: Miró Rivera Architects
Design Partners: Juan Miró, FAIA LEED AP, Miguel Rivera, AIA LEED AP
Project Team: Ada Corral, AIA, Sara Hadden ProjectArchitect/Managers: Ken Jones, LEED AP
Civil Engineers: Bury + Partners, Inc.
Structural Engineers: Architectural Engineers Collaborative (AEC)
Height: 3 floors 39′-9?
Area: 33,467 sf (31,412 sf interior only)
Site: 5.9 acres (256,525 sf)
Code Occupancy: Retail (731 sf), Assembly (951 sf), Office (27,998 sf), Mult-purpose/exterior (1810 sf)
Photography: Paul Finkel, Piston Design
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