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W AUSTIN HOTEL + RESIDENCES with AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER in Austin, Texas by Andersson-Wise Architects

 
March 6th, 2014 by Sanjay Gangal

Article source: Andersson-Wise Architects

Austin’s W Hotel and Residences complex is a new centerpiece for the city, occupying a prime location in the skyline framing Austin City Hall and Lady Bird Lake. Andersson-Wise Architects, of Austin, designed the building to make the most of the city’s natural environment, capturing prevailing breezes and controlling the intense sunlight to create a protectedyet open experience.

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  • Architects: Andersson-Wise Architects
  • Project: W AUSTIN HOTEL + RESIDENCES with AUSTIN CITY LIMITS LIVE AT THE MOODY THEATER
  • Location: Austin, Texas, U.S.A
  • Photography: Andrew Pogue, Art Gray, Jonathan Jackson, Tom McConnell
  • Software used: Vectorworks.
  • Design Team: Arthur Andersson, Chris Wise, Catherine Craig, Leland Ulmer, Christopher Sanders, Laura McQuary, Robin Bagley Logan
  • Architect of record: BOKA Powell – Dallas, TX Emily Hoffman
  • General contractor: Austin Building Company – Austin, TX, Kasey Delz
  • Other key contractors: Custom Sheet Metal: A. Zahner & Co., Curtain Wall + Glazing: Wincon Millwork: AMI
  • Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
  • Mep engineer: JJA, Inc.
  • Landscape architect: Talley Associates – Dallas, TX
  • Lighting consultant: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design
  • Sustainable design: Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
  • Theater consultant: Theatre Consultants Collaborative
  • Venue interiors: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
  • Square footage: 1 million square feet
  • Site acreage: 1.8 acres
  • Building materials: cement composite panels (Swiss Pearl), aluminum + glass curtain wall system, metal plate wall panels
  • LEED rating: SILVER
  • Sustainable features: urban site, orientation to sun and prevailing breezes, utilizes City of, Austin chilled water system, high recycled content materials, low VOC, materials, high-performance glazing.
  • Floors: 37 story tower, 10 floors hotel, 21 floors residences, 3 floors podium 4 floors mechanical

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The multi-use project includes Austin City Limits Live at Moody Theater, a 2700-person-capacity live music venue and recording studio for the venerable PBS television production. The complex has truly activated this part of downtownAustin while adding a new dimension to the city’s musical culture. Conceived to set a higher standardfor environmentally engaged design in Austin, the development has received Silver LEED certificationand will be the largest building in the Central Texas region with this certification, and the only one that is mixed-use.

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A restrained presence is a key component of the entire complex. Massing and scale make a strong connection to the neighboring buildings, especially to City Hall, which is immediately to the south.

At the street level, open air spaces invite gathering and access from Austin’s Second Street District, a growing urban neighborhood. A landscaped public plaza on the southeast corner opens to cooling breezes off Lady Bird Lake and bridges to the W’s outdoor bar and restaurant, Trace. An adjoining open loggia provides a shaded passage from Lavaca Street to the hotel entrance. Panels of earthy, rusted steel by A. Zahner& Co. along with board-formed concrete and natural wood make this outdoor walkway comfortable and sumptuous.

Image Courtesy © Andrew Pogue

The 37-story tower’s primary facades are oriented north-south with apertures composed to control energy usage and heat gain. On the south side, generous, deeply recessed terraces–inspired by the

Native American cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde–create shaded, outdoor rooms for the condominium residences in summer and admit warm, winter light. North-facing units have walls that slide open to form porches. Projecting balconies shade the sun-drenched east and west sides of the tower. The building is intended to be welcoming, not overly produced.

Image Courtesy © Jonathan Jackson

The slender hotel and residential tower, positioned above the three-story podium, reads like a work of minimalist art. Sheer exterior surfaces, with their highly reflective windows, are intricately detailed to express volume and materials. The architects inverted the curtain wall detailing, turning the mullion to the inside of the building to give the effect of uninterrupted smoothness as one looks up the building surface.

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Shadows and natural light animate the mix of soft gray glazing and gray aluminum finishes by reflecting and sometimes absorbing the color of the surrounding sky. Light hits these surfaces and shimmers from some angles and appears flat from others.

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