Ravel Architecture builds an efficient in-law unit in one family’s backyard out of board-formed concrete and steel.
Located in Austin’s historic Hyde Park in the company of 1920s-era bungalows, the Concrete Casita by Ravel Architecture is distinct with its contemporary, low-lying profile, yet feels at home with the neighborhood. Designs to become in-law’s quarters or serve as a versatile, indoor/outdoor space for an active Austin family, the 600-square-foot structure has a rugged makeup of board-formed concrete, rusted steel, and glass.
“The clients are actually friends with my family,” says architect Alex Finnell. “They were interested in doing something on their property that was good for the in-laws when they came to visit, and very versatile.”
The homeowners had few directives for the architects but were drawn to the simple, sustainable materials that wouldn’t create visual clutter.
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