Warby Parker South Congress

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Did you know Studio Balcones had a hand in the recent opening of the new Warby Parker location on South Congress in Austin, TX? Situated between the historic Continental Club music venue and a popular Italian restaurant, the small site posed its share of challenges that inspired creative design solutions: a deck in one corner accommodates neighboring tree root zones, and border planters full of water-loving species negotiate grade changes and transport water from downspouts to curb.

The store’s library concept gets translated to the outdoors in the form of a large, central steel planter showcasing a collection of native succulents and cacti. A custom metal mesh screen encloses the space and infuses it with the fragrance of star jasmine vines.

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Sleek lines and playful use of textures and materials make for a crisp, modern and inviting patio space.

 

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