The Platinum Mueller House
A fresh Austin-unique design proposed as part of the City of Austin’s Mueller Redevelopment project. Despite the compact site criteria, this design maximizes its potential to respond to solar and climate considerations by locating a 1st floor Screened Porch on the prevailing breeze side of the home and developing a stair tower on the opposite side. This provides a passive thermal siphoning strategy for natural cooling and ventilation of the home. Sleeping areas are located upstairs with living spaces down to allow for energy efficient zoning of air conditioning systems. The backyard space was maximized by blurring the lines between inside/outside and yard/patio/porch with the location of the outdoor Screened Porch and Carport off that yard. Both serve as transitions/living/party areas that connect and extend the yard and house for multiple uses and private family parties. A generous Front Porch connects the home to the public street and sidewalk with views of Lake Park just yards away.
This house has been rated for the coveted L.E.E.D. Platinum award by the United States Green Building Council. This is the highest green building award available in the United States. It was also featured on the Parade of Homes™ 2009.