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IE2 helps classic favorite go modern

image ATX Cocina offers Mexican cuisine with a modern twist in a modern setting in Downtown Austin.

AUSTIN - A restaurant offering a modern twist to a traditional cuisine needs an equivalently cool but timeless setting, so the new Mexican food cafe, ATX Cocina, features an abundance of natural light, neutral tone palette and carefully selected finishes from the floor to the ceiling.





    Located at 110 San Antonio Street in downtown Austin, the project’s general contractor was IE2  Construction Inc., and the architect was Christy Taylor with Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The owner is ATX Cocina, LLC.
    Just over 8,000sf in size, the space has a contemporary, open concept design with full visibility of the kitchen. Dining vignettes include two bar spaces, a chef’s table, two private dining rooms and a large shaded patio.
    Offsetting the sights and sounds of food preparation and mingling diners are natural aesthetics that are both internal and external to the eatery. Looking out, guests can take in a view of Lady Bird Lake. When they look up, custom wood ceilings will certainly impress.
    “The volume of specialty ceiling work and schedule coordination presented a challenge to the builders.  Simultaneously, however, the same ceilings are the project’s most distinct element with one focal point featuring a catenary barrel vault,” said Fey Carroll, ATX Cocina’s project manager.
    Furthermore, throughout the restaurant there are more than 40 custom millwork features from seven different species of wood.
    “The incredible ceilings, metal work and amazing attention to detail really showcase collaboration between (design and fabrication firm) Drophouse Design and the architect and the talent and the time that went into this design,” Carroll says.
    The $2 million project was completed within seven months for its opening on July 17.
    Carroll notes, “We forged a great relationship with the owner and architect throughout this project. Not only were we committed to meeting the owner’s schedule and budget, but we were invested in bringing life to the vision the architect had of this space.”
    Elaborating on the relationship dynamics, Carroll says that IE2 established trust with the architecture team and took requested design modifications in stride and worked diligently to incorporate those ideas into the project with as little impact to the budget and schedule as possible.
    “In the end, the architect’s vision came to life and the result is a beautiful space,” she comments.
    The appreciation was mutual as Taylor adds, “Fey Carroll was receptive to design changes that came up fairly late in the game, and she had successful strategies for implementing these changes during construction.” Also from IE2 were Steve Forehand, senior superintendent, and Alicia Cole, assistant project manager.
    IE2 Construction Inc., Austin, is a general contractor specializing in projects in health care, interiors, ground-up, multi-family, Austinpolitan (high-end finishes, restaurants, breweries) and public works. - ke

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