Two components essential to Austin’s continued growth and success, mass transit and affordable housing, come together at Talavera Lofts, an exciting new work-force housing development just east of downtown. Occupying the southeast corner of East Fifth Street and Navasota Street, the 0.9 acre site is located alongside the new Red Line, the city’s sole operating light-rail route and only a five-minute ride to downtown. Talavera Lofts is a modern piece of architecture that brings a much-needed bit of panache to the streetscape—a dramatic, flatiron-shaped structure clad in corrugated metal panel with “Talavera” inspired custom tile and stylish landscaping on both flanks. The sleek new development features 93 apartments of which 91 are income restricted, including units at 30% Area Median Income.

Services: Architecture
Client: DMA Companies
Status: Completed
Scope:93 units

Press + Awards


Texas Architect Magazine Nov/Dec 2023 Issue – Housing Portfolio “Affordability Delayed”

Texas Architect Magazine Design Awards Feature, Talavera Lofts

AIA Austin Design Awards – Design Award of Excellence

Texas Society of Architects – 2023 Design Award

Archdaily – Talavera Lofts / Nelsen Partners

Matthew Niemann


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