Photo Essay: Leonid Furmansky
Austin’s Coolest Buildings as Seen from My Bicycle
Photo essay by Leonid Furmansky
As an architectural photographer, I spend my time chasing the sunlight that best reflects Austin’s incredible architecture. One simple tool – a bicycle – allows me to navigate the most interesting vantage points. Cars and cell phones tend to pull us away from the beauty of the structures. Take a look at a few of my photographs to see what I mean.
The JW Marriott by HKS Architects
110 E. 2nd St.
A cool look up at the new JW Marriott.
Catch the reflections of sunlight on the building in the morning.
Bercy Chen Studio by Bercy Chen
1111 E. 11th St.
Riding around the east side, you can’t help but notice this rusted structure sitting between two old houses.
Riverview Gardens Private Residences by Bercy Chen
Hands down, some of my favorite residential buildings in Austin. These three homes are located near one of Austin’s largest parks, but are still hidden in the eastside neighborhoods.
UT Liberal Arts Building by Overland Partners
116 Inner Campus Dr.
I love this sharp building. If you’re taking a shortcut through the UT campus or you’re a student walking to class in the morning, make time to stop and look at the beautiful design of this building.
Texas Hillel: The Topfer Center for Jewish Life
The Abe and Annie Seibel Building by Alterstudio Architecture
2105 San Antonio St.
While my Jewish heritage may have piqued my interest in this building, Alterstudio’s amazing architectural vision for Texas Hillel is what holds my attention year after year.
Dobie Twenty21 by J. & G. Daverman and Associates
2021 Guadalupe St.
This west campus structure looks like an office building but it’s actually student housing. Walk close to it and look up to see the unusual reflections of clouds.
St. Edward’s University Residential Village
Lady Bird Johnson Hall, Le Mans Hall and Edmund Hunt Hall by Alejandro Aravena
3001 S. Congress Ave.
The exteriors of these buildings remind me of a rare stone that holds beautiful minerals inside. The many fascinating views of these residence halls are almost camouflaged to cars, but easy to see on foot or by bicycle.
Austin Convention Center by Page Southerland Page
500 E. Cesar Chavez St.
The Austin Convention Center has many facades and this is one of my favorites. The reflection of the sun gives the blue glass a strong blue aura.
Market District Parking Garage by Nelsen Partners Architects & Planners
705 N. Lamar
This amazing parking garage sits right next to the sidewalk and street. It’s hard to get a good look at it from your car with all the N.Lamar traffic, but it’s worth walking or biking by to check it out. It also has a beautiful view of downtown Austin!
LifeWorks Sooch Foundation Youth & Family Resource Center by Miro Rivera
835 N. Pleasant Valley Rd.
Amazing architectural lines and a very cool mix of materials.
McGarrah Jessee Building Restoration by McKinney York Architects
121 W. 6th St.
I love this building which was an extensive restoration project of a an iconic mid-century modern building in downtown Austin. Holding the structure together are glass and brick, two of my favorite materials.
’04 Lofts by Dick Clark + Associates
1401 Eva St.
The ’04 Lofts on Eva St. are just off S. Congress. I love the way this building feels hidden, providing a place to decompress from such a busy street.
Frost Bank Tower by Duda/Paine Architects
401 Congress Ave.
The Frost Bank Tower is an easy one to see every day, but have you seen it at sunset? It gets a radical flame job not to be missed!
Topfer Theatre at ZACH by Andersson Wise Architects
202 S. Lamar Blvd.
There’s much more to the blue building than can be seen from S. Lamar – if you’ve ever gone to a production here, you’ll know about this grand opening facade on the building’s other side.
The Long Center by Nelsen Partners Architects & Planners
701 W. Riverside Dr.
Although the Long Center is easy to spot, there are views like this that can be easily missed. Right off the bike path is a small pond with a rocky balcony. There, you can catch this amazing reflection.
Read more from the Arts Issue | November 2016
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