Mueller Multifamily Residences
Austin, TX United States
This five-story, 230,000 square foot multifamily residential project is a cornerstone of the 700-acre Mueller mixed-use live/work/play development in east-central Austin. The ground level of the project is home to 7,000 square feet dedicated to restaurants and retail as well as the leasing offices and amenity spaces, which Page designed. The firm is also responsible for the interior architecture of the Mueller Multifamily Residences.
The Mueller neighborhood is a public-private-partnership redevelopment of the original Robert Mueller Municipal Airport which was operational from 1936 to 1999. To create a sense of place within the fabric of Mueller, both the interior and public spaces of the project celebrate movement of all kinds. The interior public spaces, which include the leasing office and amenity spaces, were inspired by the original shapely airplane hangar adjacent to the property and the remaining simple volumetric structures that now house the Austin Film Society’s studios and production facilities within the development. The result is a long, shed-like space framed by deep beams and linear wood infill.
In concert with the exterior, color is used to define volumes within the interior, create scale and reinforce the texture of the existing neighborhood buildings. Also in keeping with the fabric of the community, artwork in the shared spaces informs visitors of the development’s history as an aviation center and illustrates the preferred forms of transportation by this generation of Mueller residents. Bicyclists and pedestrians prevail at Mueller and are represented by original artwork created by the project team, local fabricators and artists.
Altogether, the Mueller multifamily residences offer 280 units comprised of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floor plans. They are defined by contemporary designs that feature gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, elegant granite countertops, MasterWood plank flooring, designer lighting, and spacious patios and balconies. The model unit which Page also staged serves an important dual purpose. Its artwork, which relates to that in the public spaces, provides a backdrop for the leasing and management team to tell the story of the development and allows future residents to imagine themselves living there.