Adaptive reuse project of the Tips Iron and Steel building for a cultural center


This program is an adaptive reuse project. The project is located on the site of the Tips Iron and Steel Company in Austin, Texas. The design will include the renovation of three existing buildings, design of two new structures, and landscape design throughout the site. The facility will be a cultural mall, a "creative corner", or "artists' nook", and will include art galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, areas for entertainment, offices for related professionals, and a small museum.

The intent of the historical aspect of the project is to preserve the character of the structures and contribute to surrounding historical atmosphere (Figure 1). The intent of the cultural mall is to fulfill Austin's growing need for such facilities caused by a high quality population growth combined with the large number of talented persons in the area. The center will provide outlets for the artists in the area, and provide unique shopping and entertainment for Austin.



Metallurgical plants -- Remodeling for other use, Austin (Tex.), Multipurpose buildings -- Design, Commercial -- Design, Art galleries