Texas architecture firm Rhode Partners has built a 58-storey residential skyscraper in Austin, Texas, from stacked glass blocks angled around a central core.
Called The Independent, 688-foot-tall (212 metres) tower sits between Austin’s Seaholm District and Shoal Creek.
It is several feet taller than The Austonian, a 56-storey residential tower that completed in the Texan capital in 2010.
Rhode Partners described the new apartment building as a “vertical neighbourhood”.
“As a new addition to the city’s skyline, The Independent’s striking silhouette represents the bold and innovative spirit of Austin,” Rhode Partners told Dezeen.
Four distinct glass blocks are stacked in a formation resembling a Jenga tower. Residential units are arranged to provide each level with a different view of the city.
“Each tier is slid and mirrored around a central core, creating an assortment of unit types and views,” explained Rhode Partners.
The tower’s shape was informed by various site constraints, including an immovable utility line and a horizon protected by Austin’s Capitol View Corridor.
An amenity deck on the 34th floor which cantilevers, or juts out, over the city. With floor-to-ceiling glass window walls, the deck has unobstructed 360-degree views of Austin.
Owing to an efficient HVAC system, the tower is able to function as net-energy-neutral for a significant portion of the year.
Other sustainable measures include a regenerative elevator system and interior spaces with reduced drywall that is achieved through the use of locally sourced fly-ash concrete.
The tower’s various amenity rooms are finished in walnut and white oak, with commissioned artworks and other built-in furnishings that elevate what Rhode Partners described as “a condo project with museum-influenced design”.
Founded in 2006 by Brett Rhode, Rhode Partners is an architecture and interior design office based in Austin, Texas.
More notable Texan architecture include a skyscraper with a glass-bottomed pool in Houston and a new canopy designed by Snøhetta for the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas.
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