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First Light Books / Austin, Tx

Completed 2023
Interior Design
Ann Edgerton
Creative Engineering
ATS Engineers
Archive Properties
Casey Dunn

First Light Books is an independent bookstore in the Hyde Park historic district of Austin. It is one of four new tenants in a renovated 1960s post-office and has quickly become a cherished neighborhood hub.  Combining books, coffee, events and outdoor seating, it draws inspiration from traditional European coffee-houses as well as mid-century design motifs and palettes.   

The 2,500sf space was originally a windowless brick box that contained the post office's back-of-house.  The east facade was opened up with generous steel windows, a custom oak storefront entry and tiled porch to make a welcoming face to the street.  On the interior, new skylights create an airy bright space and help define the different areas of the store, such as a central display area with movable carts and a cosy kids corner tucked in the rear.  We collaborated with Ann Edgerton Interiors and the visionary client team to bring to life many charming details, including a stained glass window reading nook, custom shelving and curved cafe and point-of-sale counters. 

The popularity of the project is a delightful manifestation of the value thoughtfully-conceived spaces like these can add to community life.