Located at 5th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, this project is the rehabilitation of an existing four-story office building. While maintaining the existing structural systems, the primary design goals were to re-envision the exterior façade to suit ground level retail and restaurant tenants and to reconfigure the interior circulation core to allow for natural light to penetrate deeper into the building. Materials were selected to bring needed scale to the ground floor that suited the engagement between the building and public walkway. The structural columns are clad with white glazed bricks and a powder coated steel blade awning with a cypress wood soffit that provides a sense of warmth to such a large building. Louvers were stripped from the floors above and replaced with updated storefront glazing and a box edge profiled metal siding. The reconfigured core consists of a large atrium lounge space that connects all five floors and brings natural light to the basement. The lounge is tied to the ground level with a gracious terrazzo, wood, and glass staircase that was created by repurposing parts from the original building. In collaboration with Sixthriver Architects.