Projects

Sanders Architecture provides planning, design and architectural services for residential, commercial and institutional projects. We had a hand in designing one of Austin’s tallest buildings and one of its smallest. Each project presents a unique opportunity to elevate everyday experiences for our clients and others who live, work or play in one of our structures.

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Starkloff Residence

  • Residence
  • Austin, Texas
  • This reimagined space replaces a small efficiency apartment in an existing accessory unit built in the early 1990’s. The redesign of the space as a pool cabana takes cues from the existing buildings on the site, including the original main house that was designed by a UT architecture professor in the 1920s.

    The entrance, which was previously on the north side...

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In Bloom

  • Installation
  • Austin, Texas
  • In Bloom, a temporary installation at the Wildflower Center, takes inspiration from live oak mottes, or groves, in the hill country landscape. Cylinders of varying scales composed along a trail can be occupied, as well as the space between them. Visitors can see and hear each other through layers of transparency, while feeling a sense of protection. Utilitarian...

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Southern Living Idea House 2018

  • Residential
  • Austin, Texas
  • The Ridge House is a 3,500 square foot, 4BR/4.5BA home with over 700 square feet of covered outdoor porch space. Built in the 1980s, the existing house was outdated but structurally sound. Over the decades, remodels had rendered interior rooms devoid of natural light. Odd angles and poorly proportioned spaces required reconfiguration to create more comfortable and...
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Little Boggy

  • Residential
  • Trinity County, Texas
  • Located in the Neches River bottomlands in deep East Texas, Little Boggy Camp is settled amongst cypress and loblolly pine trees on the edge of a 100-acre lake. Since the 1940s, the camp has served as a family gathering place and endured several modifications over the years. New additions to the original house adds a family room with a fireplace, a bedroom for...

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The Maverick

  • Commercial
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • The Maverick, a 240 seat, 8,500 square foot restaurant, occupies an existing building in Southtown, San Antonio, Texas - walking distance from the River Walk and the convention center. The design takes advantage of beautiful elements of the original 1920s building including thoughtful interventions to the interior to accommodate the restaurant. Because...
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Amarra Entry Pavilion

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • Visitors to a community in Southwest Austin are greeted by this small mail kiosk that sits in a composed landscape of native plants. The structure, built of stone, wood and steel, provides shelter for residents to collect their mail and for impromptu meetings between neighbors. Project completed in collaboration with Landscape Architecture by...
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W Residence

  • Residential
  • Austin, Texas
  • Close attention to detail is key to the beauty of this 3,100 square foot condo customization in the W Residences in downtown Austin, Texas. A rearrangement of spaces and a playful embrace of existing high rise infrastructure, was necessary to accommodate a family of four in this high-rise urban condominium.
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3Ten ACL - Live

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • Located in the vibrant Second Street District in Austin, Texas, this 3500 square foot, 400 person capacity club was conceived as an intimate street-level live music venue. Designed as the off-shoot of the renown ACL-Live at the Moody Theater one floor above, it was imperative that the experience in the new space match that of the larger venue, while achieving its own intimate...
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CYJ Experiential Learning Center

  • Institutional
  • Wimberley, Texas
  • This 7,000 square foot camp activity building is purposefully designed to demonstrate broad sustainable design ideas. The two-story wing of the building uses a broad butterfly roof to capture rainwater into an on-site cistern for reuse to irrigate the 2,300 square foot prairie roof over the one-story activity room wing of the building. Carefully located windows are...
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Juniper Restaurant

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • A mid-century light industrial building in East Austin was repurposed to house the 3,100 square foot restaurant. The open-kitchen design is informed by black box theater, giving the chef and food center-stage. Careful attention to lighting and comfortable seating were fundamental design priorities. Existing volumes and textures of the former bottling plant are incorporated...
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Tarrytown Residence

  • Residential
  • Austin, Texas
  • Built as a duplex and added-on through the years, this original 1960’s vintage ranch style home required reprogramming and an extensive remodel to meet the clients’ needs. The original home, devoid of natural light at its core, had been partitioned in ways that were inefficient for an active family.

    Professionals that regularly work from home, the clients require...

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Westlake Residence

  • Residential
  • Austin, Texas
  • The architectural challenge of redesigning this home was to complement the traditional detailing of the existing 4,200 square-foot house, while reprogramming the residence to fit the lifestyle and design sensibility of its current owners.

    The main objective was to infuse a modern aesthetic into the 1990s-era home, while introducing significantly more natural light...

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Firefly Recording Studio

  • Commercial
  • Fischer, Texas
  • The Firefly Recording Studio, located at The Studios at Fischer in the Texas hill country is a 6,100 square foot building that houses a state of the art recording studio, visiting artist accommodations, and an apartment for the on-site studio engineer.

  • Due to its...

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ACL Offices

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • This 6000-square foot office is tucked into the underside of the Moody Theater’s balcony structure. It provides workspaces for the managers, producers, and editors of Austin City Limits and ACL Live.
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Armbrust & Brown

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • The remodel of the downtown Austin law office of Armbrust & Brown includes the redesign of the office reception area, the addition of three new conference rooms and the reconfiguration of existing offices. Sanders Architecture worked closely with the client to select interior finishes and new furniture that complements the existing office.
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LBJ Wildflower Center Admissions Kiosk

  • Institutional
  • Austin, Texas
  • Inspired by greenhouses at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the admissions building serves as a “lighthouse” to mark the entrance for visitors predominantly arriving by automobile. Built mostly off-site, the building rests lightly on the ground and wears sustainability on its sleeve. Condensate water is collected to irrigate the green roof and green wall. The...
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AWAY Spa at W Austin

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • Housed on the fourth floor of the W Hotel, the 10,000-square foot AWAY Spa includes a full-service spa and workout facility. The spa, gym, and a multipurpose yoga space combine with the hotel pool deck to form a world-class wellness facility in the heart of downtown Austin.
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Stratus® Corporate Offices

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • Stratus Properties’ 8,500-square foot corporate office features dynamic spaces that can easily accommodate daily conferencing requirements and occasional entertainment events. Designed to comply with strict, building-mandated Green Building Standards, the office’s varying ceiling heights and generous glazing at the east and southern exposures combine to provide ample...
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Block 21

  • Commercial

  • Austin, Texas

  • Block 21 anchors Austin’s 2nd Street District, encompassing one million square feet. The project includes a 250-key W Hotel, 159 luxury condominiums, and the Moody Theater for Austin City Limits. The Block 21 project is LEED® Silver certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. As a member of the Block 21 project team, Sanders Architecture provided...

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Temple Ranch Pool Cabana

  • Residential
  • Duval County, Texas

  • Sited within an existing six-acre family ranch compound in Duval County, Texas, the pool cabana engages a swimming pool on its eastern edge and the expansive South Texas brush country to its west. To provide shade, the building incorporates a modern twist on jacal shade structures seen in the American Southwest and in Mexico. The bark-on cedar-post assembly...

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Moody Theater

  • Commercial
  • Austin, Texas
  • This three-level, 130,000-square foot theater is the home of Austin’s legendary Austin City Limits television program and the new ACL Live music venue. Designed as a television recording studio and a live-music performance space, sight lines in the 3,000-person venue are only surpassed by the listening experience it delivers. As a member of the Block 21 project team,...

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Design Office

  • Office
  • Austin, Texas
  • This 1,100 square foot building, originally built in 1943 as a private residence, has operated as a retail storefront on Kerbey Lane since the early 1970’s. The conversion into an architectural design office sought to preserve and highlight some of the unique qualities of residential buildings built in the first half of the 20th century. The long leaf pine ceiling joists are...
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