Clean, contemporary cool is not reserved to new structures, it can be achieved in old homes with a creative restoration. Such was the goal of Residence 1414, a new restoration in Austin, Texas by Miró Rivera Architects. Built to connect with the historic neighborhood around it, Residence 1414 is traditional in structure with a modern character, a well-executed intersection of old and new.
Residence 1414 was originally constructed in 1940, which stood as is until an “unfortunate addition” in the 1980s. Miró Rivera Architects maintained the overall structure but gave it a broad update with a new materials and fresh design features. Inside and out, warm wooden accent elements play well against the dominant neutral white color. Cushy-yet-contemporary furnishings provide a modern feel that isn’t stuffy or off-putting. The wooden floors on the base level and the floor/wall/ceiling wooden sections in the upper level give the home a very earthen, very liveable emotion.
The peaceful rooms on the upper level are focused on the natural environment around the home, where the green leaves of live oaks and palms contrast with the all-wood interior. Downstairs, the goal is the same, as floor-to-ceiling glass and retractable walls open into a warm, breezy patio space with finely trimmed grass, a long lap pool with a stone approach and a large sculpture by artist Sol Lewitt. When it comes to restoration, few homes can appear so contemporary upon completion. This residence by Miró Rivera Architects is deserving of applause for their success.