Located in East Austin in the lot bordering MLK and Miram street, this Austin Innovation Center serves as an entrepreneurial workspace facilitating growth for local start-up companies. The project was developed using a parametric system that assists in guiding movement throughout the building and site. An axial grid, created by isolating key movement paths within a specified geometry, provides the framework to arrange programs and respond to site conditions. The innovation center serves as a community hub that offers public amenities within the building in addition to bridging MLK and Real street, thus offering access through the site.
The internal arrangement is formed by four horizontal planes which divide the space into three levels, while perpendicular surfaces, generated from the extrusion of the axial grid, carve internally to allow light and staircases. The lowest floor is submerged a half level, creating an entrance to both the first and second level simultaneously, while allowing light to the lower floor. Program is divided by level, with the makerspace and smaller offices on the lowest, public meeting and social spaces on the second, and collaborative spaces on the third. The amalgamation of the large cuts, dictated by the axis, create highly dynamic spaces on the interior where moments of folding and intersections occur. The fenestration continues the diagonal nature of the plan, weaving spaces together as it flows between floors.