Michael Hsu Office of Architecture

Restaurants / Maudie's

A rustic modern interpretation of Mexican architecture, this design for one of Austin’s best-known local Tex-Mex restaurants is meant to be the prototype for future restaurants. Inspired by the dominance of solid walls in Mexico, an expansive stone mass marks entry, beyond which sweeping views of the Hill Country are revealed. Yucca poles suspended from the ceiling and walls of raw terra cotta blocks and stone re-invent the typical palette of the southwest. Custom chandeliers in the dining and bar areas, inspired by at traditional metalwork and wood screen elements, denote a sense of old-world elegance. A large outdoor dining area is anchored by a series of planters that march from inside to out and terminate at a steel fountain adjacent to the outdoor fireplace.

Photography
Lars Frazer

Landscape Design
D-Crain