jacob t. middleton, aia


    10. breaking character
    09. cruising rhyolite
    08. performitory
    07. purple plushy catwalk
    06. holly haus
    05. chronicles out west
    04. at journey’s end
    03. made in asherton
    02. intakes/outtakes
    01. a sanctuary
    05. sashayed away
    04. the vanya project
    03. topdog/underdog
    02. drowning
    01. the tempest


  1. jacob t. middleton is a Texas native based in New York City. he holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and has studied at New York University Tisch School of the Arts in the Graduate Department of Design for Stage & Film. his work has been featured by Columbia University School of the Arts, Spectacular+Texas Architect Magazine, ISSUE by UTSOA, and Archisource.
  2. jacob is an architect at Dattner Architects. previously he has collaborated with Bates Masi ArchitectsClickspring Designdots, Overlay Office, and Magic Architecture, among others.
  3. he is interested in creating work at a variety of scales that investigates performance, explores bad taste, embraces low culture, and questions existing typologies.


  1. jtmidd2021(at)gmail (dot) com
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reclaiming forgotten space along austin’s waterfont 

One of Austin’s most iconic structures, the Seaholm Intake facility once served to supply power to the city’s grids. Its former program in tandem with its central location connect the building to land and water both physically and historically. The proposal for Seaholm Intake bridges these two worlds (land and water) acting as an interstitial vessel, a ship in the landscape.

The original structure, once hidden from the street, is now made visible to those passing along by adding a large 30’-0” tall pillar near the street. This sail, while not occupiable, provides visitors a visual landmark to locate themselves, acts as an icon for Austin’s Seaholm District, and provides a backdrop for photos. A large portion of the site is excavated to create an entry sequence on the first floor of Seaholm Intake which was once only accessible from the water’s edge. The earth is sculpted to form the hold -- outdoor terraces which tier down to the building’s existing structure. This space is shaded from the south by the structure’s existing mass and acts as an amphitheater open to the public.

Seaholm Intake’s original structure is maintained and expressed while inserting programmatic elements throughout. Spiral staircases and grated floors are reminiscent of nautical architecture. A mezzanine level, the crow’s nest, is added which houses the parasitic crystalline cinemas. The cinemas protrude from Seaholm’s austere structure to create visual interest and draw occupants in. The intervention creates a new realm for occupants to view film and engage space in all dimensions.

project information
location: austin, texas
date: 2019
type: research, adaptive reuse, movie theatre, performance space

project team: jacob t. middleton

existing site condition; the seaholm intake facility exists as an usued space along austin’s waterfront in one of her most popular downtown neighborhoods.

the seaholm intake facility acts as a transitional buffer between cesar chavez boulevard and town lake. by carving out a large public plaza, this gesture is amplified and public space is fostered.
crystalline theatre spaces float overhead in the building’s lobby.

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