Kyle, Texas, about 30 miles from downtown Austin, isn't necessarily considered a hub of modern and exciting architecture. There is, however, an amazing spot that I would consider a diamond in the rough. The Plant at Kyle is a reconfigured portion of an old cement plant relocated from San Antonio. And it was done fabulously, I might add!
The property in Kyle was purchased by Henry and Francine Carraro with the idea of building a home with a metal building they already owned as the "starter kit." Working with Lake|Flato Architects, they negotiated, instead, the purchase of what was once a shed at the Alamo Cement Plant. Using this and other scrap materials from the plant, they created a beautiful modern oasis in south central Texas.
The buildings were constructed in three sections: an open garage shed which now houses a pool, a central pavilion with sleeping quarters and facilities, and a giant screened-in porch and patio built into a limestone structure with more living quarters.
The current owners of the property include Carrie Bills, Mark Holzback and Dana Friis-Hansen, the former Executive Director of the Austin Museum of Art. They are preserving the structure in its original form, creating an archive around it, and making the home available to the public through events and rentals. Money made from these efforts are going towards conservation, further restoration and maintenance of the property.
So yeah, you can go there! And you can rent it and stay there! And swim in that pool!
It looks like a great place for a wedding, a weekend getaway, or even a rousing party. Here's to repurposing and unexpected architectural gems!
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