307 Second Street, Austin, Texas hotel and condominiums
Some small ideas have huge implications when scaled appropriately. Animate began with a focus at street level, working to comfortably nestle the many overlapping demands of a high-rise as it transitions into the streetscape and urban fabric.
Now standing back looking at the larger project, the site, and the client's building program, the design became a necessarily stacked form:
Not in Portland, Chicago, or Shanghai, the project had to incorporate a Texas flavor, and bring these blue ceilings into the 21st century living:
More than that, Austin has it's own kind of character, and while complex, this Austin flavor needed some nuance:
So suspending stairs and outdoor spaces emerged as the seductive draw, up and into the building– as in this view of the Hotel Event Spaces, with an exclusive stair connecting the Fitness Center and Spa:
And, on the opposite side, a suspended breakout space from the fifteenth-story conference center highlights the hotel's amenities to neighboring pool decks below.
Arriving on the fourteenth story, this time on the north facade, the hotel's grand lobby opens with a city view.
Up on the seventeenth story, the hotel's pool deck includes views of Austin's "lake" from the poolside bar.
Comfortably oversized Texas balconies, semi-randomly arranged on the south facade, with harsh sunlight attenuation, provide resources for people to create stories in the future.
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