Clayton Korte unveils design for Herrera law firm
Clayton Korte unveiled his plans for the Hererra Law Office, a new courtyard-style building surrounded by holm oaks in Austin, Texas. After years of renting office space in downtown Austin, clients wanted to invest in permanent housing for their utilities and administrative law firm.
The small urban site is just 7,700 square feet, bordered by streets on three sides, and is home to three living heritage oaks. These constraints are embraced as design opportunities, elevating the main occupancy space above the parking lot and weaving the building around the trees to provide abundant views from the inside and a dynamic facade from the outside. The new 5,800 square foot building successfully meets the needs of the client, while respecting its site and context.
Allowing natural light to flood interior spaces is a key element of design. The massing includes a central skylight that allows daylight to penetrate deep inside and highlight the entrance as approached from the street and the parking lot. All private offices surround the perimeter of the building, ensuring everyone has access to natural light. The windows offer a view of the magnificent canopies of living oak trees, and the south and west offices offer a view of the large neighborhood park across the street.
The materials, inside and out, are carefully studied to meet the customer’s vision. The exterior brick and stucco is modern and clean, while also hinting at the craftsmanship of the construction in their textures. This relatively desaturated exterior palette is complemented by touches of wood throughout the interior. A wooden soffit flows from the outside to the inside at the entrance, and wooden stair treads, office partitions, and wood-paneled walls punctuate the space with warmth.
The planned completion date for the project is summer 2022.
Pictures: Courtesy of Clayton Korte