Missing Middle

In partnership with AIA Austin’s Urban Design Committee, the Homes Tour is pleased to highlight this alley accesses Additional Density Unit (ADU) by Jay Hargrave Architecture as an example of Missing Middle housing in Austin’s Bouldin neighborhood.

“Missing Middle” refers to a range of housing types that yield solutions to some of Austin’s most pressing challenges—from sustainability to walkability, affordability to quality of life—by increasing urban density in a design-driven, context-sensitive way. Such homes are deemed “middle” because they fall between low-density, detached single-family homes on the one hand, and high-density, multi-family projects on the other. They’re said to be “missing” since they are few and far between in Austin, and in other cities that rapidly developed single-family housing after WWII. Yet historically, Missing Middle housing has been a successful way to accommodate the needs of various age groups, family sizes, incomes, and lifestyles in America’s vibrant urban centers.

Missing Middle housing includes but is not limited to: duplexes, courtyard homes, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), live-work units, rowhouses, and as here, attached multiplex housing. Through this project, the AIA aims to highlight one of Austin’s few low density “multiplex” types, built in the 80s and elegantly adapted to modern living.

For more information, visit the Missing Middle booth at the home designed by Jay Hargrave Architecture during the Tour.