"Trapezoidal" skyscraper by Gensler nears completion in Austin


US studio Gensler has announced progress on the construction of a skyscraper consisting of “three buildings stacked on top of one another” in Austin, Texas.

The 845-foot-tall (247 metres) Sixth and Guadalupe skyscraper is located in downtown Austin. It will host a mixed-used program of residential, office and retail spaces throughout three stacked volumes that decrease in width as it rises, including two glazed volumes and an opaque podium.

Gensler is nearing completion on a skyscraper made of stacked volumes in Austin

“Form follows function, with what is essentially three buildings stacked on top of one another visually threaded together with a single column of glass from grade to crown,” said Gensler in a statement.

Greenspaces will sit in the space between each volume.

Austin skyscraper under construction
It will host residential and office spaces stacked on top of a parking garage and ground-floor retail

“The beauty of Sixth and Guadalupe is not its height, but its existence alone. Its complexity stems from the audacity of stacking two high-rise towers on top of each other to assemble a super-high rise,” said Gensler designer director George Blume.

According to the team, the Texas Capitol View Corridors legislation largely shaped the building’s design, which is a series of legal restrictions aimed at protecting unobstructed views of the Texas State Capitol building in Austin.

Sixth and Guadalupe under construction
Terraces will contain greenspaces and a pool

“A dynamic Capitol View Corridor carves the trapezoidal shape of the tower, affording sweeping views of downtown and the Capitol,” said Blume.

“From there, the geometry is a sculpture of the Capitol View Corridor and the city’s zoning requirements. The collision of these factors combines and symbolizes Austin’s idiosyncratic approach to all things in work and life.”

The program will consist of 350 apartments throughout the building’s top floors, with 570,000 square feet (52,954 square metres) of office space below. The building’s base will hold a parking garage and ground-level retail.

Sixth and Guadalupe tower in Austin
It topped out in 2022 and is set to be completed in 2024

A 32,000-square-foot (2,972 square metres), two-tier park was placed on top of this podium, with a lower tier serving as a shared building amenity and an upper tier dedicated to a single tenet.

The green space will also serve to aid in stormwater management with collection

Additional smaller terraces are being placed on each office floor.

“Outdoor parks and terraces ladder up the building at the various transitions, a nod to Austin’s passion for outdoor lifestyle,” said Blume.

Rendering of a ground-level plaza
It joins a number of other skyscrapers being built in the city

Interior renderings depict an open-plan lobby with a curtain wall surrounding its perimeter. An outdoor will be placed on an upper terrace.

The building topped out in late 2022 and is expected to be completed in Summer 2024.

Other skyscrapers in Austin include the supertall Waterline by KPF.

Last year, Dezeen asked local officials and stakeholders to weigh in on the flurry of skyscraper construction in the Texas capital, where some locals said the tall buildings weren’t addressing the “problems of the city”.

Images are courtesy of Gensler


Project credits:

Architect: Gensler
Structural engineer: Brockette/Davis/Drake, Inc.
MEP engineer: Wylie Consulting Engineers
Environmental engineer: Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems
Lighting: Cline, Bettridge, Bernstein Lighting Design, Inc
Parking/Garage: Curtainwall Design Consulting; HWA Parking
Fire/Life safety: Jensen Hughes
Landscape architects: Studio DWG; Nudge Design
Vertical transportation: Persohn/Hahn Associates, Inc.
Additional engineering services: RWDI; Lerch Bates, Inc



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