Bercy Chen Studio collaborates with thinkEAST on a new creative hub at 1141 Shady Lane

Permitting is in progress for Shady Lane Creative Studios, a fresh and creatively-oriented mixed-use development in East Austin with groundbreaking planned for March 2018. Developed, designed, and built by Bercy Chen Studio in collaboration with Richard deVarga and Robert Summers as part of thinkEAST, the project includes 7,700 SF of ground floor retail, 42,300 SF of Class A office space, affordable live/work studios, and an existing one-story home being repurposed as a neighborhood café. The spaces are organized around preserving a generous and inviting place under the shade of existing mature trees as an outdoor forum for community and arts events. The conglomerated triangles of the plan suggest the form of the tangram (qīqiǎobǎn), an ancient Chinese puzzle that stimulates geometric creativity. The wabi-sabi materiality of weathered steel cladding the façade romanticizes the industrial fabric of East Austin while the shifting transparency of the perforated screens resonates with the play of shadow and light dappled by the surrounding trees.

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Bercy Chen Studio is an architecture and urban planning firm with design/build capabilities based in Austin, Texas founded in 2001 by partners Thomas Bercy and Calvin Chen. Thomas is from Belgium and Calvin is from Taiwan by way of Australia; the partners’ European and Asian backgrounds form a design philosophy of unique perspectives. The work is influenced by vernacular precedents from various cultures- whether Islamic, Indian, African or pre-columbian, while maintaining respect for the particular contemporary contextual conditions. Due to this unique approach, the work has received national and international attention.