W Austin Hotel & Residences

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Height: Architectural 145.3 m / 477 ft
Height: Occupied 134.5 m / 441 ft
Height: To Tip 148.3 m / 487 ft
Floors Above Ground 36
Floors Below Ground 3
# of Elevators 9
Tower GFA 72,928 m² / 784,990 ft²
# of Apartments 168
# of Hotel Rooms 250
# of Parking Spaces 490


Official Name W Austin Hotel & Residences
Other Names Block 21/W Hotel
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Austin
Street Address & Map 200 Lavaca Street
Postal Code 78701
Building Function residential / hotel
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2006
Construction Start 2008
Completion 2010
Official Website W Austin Hotel & Residences

Companies Involved

Owner Starwood Hotels; Stratus Properties Inc.
Developer Stratus Properties Inc.
Design Andersson-Wise Architects
Architect of Record BOKA Powell
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
Project Manager Stratus Properties Inc.
Main Contractor Austin Commercial
Other Consultant
• Building Monitoring Terracon
• Environmental Terracon
• Geotechnical Terracon
Material Supplier
• Cladding Kawneer Company

About W Austin Hotel & Residences

This full-city-block project in Austin, Texas was composed as a series of pure geometric shapes. Solid and void are expressed through the varying shapes and volumes with the slender hotel and residential tower positioned above the lower horizontal podium which houses a music venue. An open air porch extends the entire length of the venue forming a void at the development’s south west corner that is the inverse of the solid volumes around it. The plaza invites prevailing cool breezes from the adjacent Lady Bird Lake into street level public spaces.

The tower is oriented to take advantage of Austin’s subtropical climate. Primary façades are oriented north-south, with apertures composed to control energy usage and heat gain. South-facing residences have deeply recessed verandas, which bring in winter light while creating shade in summer months; the three-meter-deep (nine-foot) terraces are finished like outdoor rooms. North-facing condominiums are flush with the building envelope to welcome soft, northern light.

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