Texas French Bread Garden, Austin, Texas, 2015
       
     
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Texas French Bread Garden, Austin, Texas, 2015
       
     
Texas French Bread Garden, Austin, Texas, 2015

AIA Austin 2018 Design Award Winner

Texas French Bread Garden, Austin, Texas, 2015
       
     
Texas French Bread Garden, Austin, Texas, 2015

Texas French Bread sits on the boundary between a historic neighborhood and a dense urban area close to The University of Texas. The objective was to take their garden and underutilized picnic area and transform it into a neighborhood asset and an outdoor destination spot for its city-wide customers.

The existing property consisted of 3 distinct areas: the restaurant building, the mostly unimproved garden, and the parking lot which is a barrier between them (and that was not to be affected). The vision for the project was a cross between a neighborhood pocket park and an outdoor dining terrace. The design includes a lush environment with outdoor seating for 40-50 people, strong lateral axis to link to the main entrance of the restaurant, and an entrance from the adjoining sidewalk.

A 44”-diameter live oak tree sits on the lot line between the dining terrace and a new single-family residence. Because of the potential for high-volume foot traffic on site, the design gave up a large usable area under the tree canopy by creating a “no-go” zone within the critical root zone of the tree.

The site includes 2 underground arrays of manifolds for irrigating and fertilizing the tree. Materials and plants were chosen for their durability and low impact on water usage.

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