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945 - TOUR – The Independent

Speaker(s):
• Bobby Tait, AIA | Design Manager | Rhode Partners
• Tim Sherrill | Director of Construction Services | Rhode Partners
Date: 11/10/2017 | Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Event Location: MEET AT TOUR DESK
LUHs: 1 | HSW: Yes |
Capacity: 25
Through October 02: $60.00
Through November 03: $60.00
Onsite November 03: $60.00

Tour Architects
Rhode Partners

Landscape Architect
Studio Balcones

Tour Sponsor
BES

Description
Located on the site of the former Austin Energy Control Center as part of the Seaholm redevelopment district in downtown Austin, The Independent contributes to the City’s revitalization goals of transforming the former industrial site into a vibrant and sustainable urban neighborhood.

The design of The Independent was inspired by Austin’s bold and innovative spirit. Movement between the point tower’s tiers adds individuality to the skyline and contributes to Austin as an architectural destination. The shifting of the building's floors and cantilevered amenity floor brings the building’s structure and individuality front and center as a dynamic icon of the Austin skyline. The staggering of the floors offers the same unit types different view orientations as the unit plans are mirrored around a central vertical circulation core. On the 34th floor is the second amenity floor, which is cantilevered on two sides and wrapped in glass to give inhabitants the feeling of floating above the Austin skyline — and outside viewers the indication that a special set of spaces is occurring on this floor. The structural system that allows for the building’s unique shape is highlighted throughout the building with exposed concrete walls and refined exposed cross bracing.

The Independent tour will offer participants the opportunity to observe complex architectural and structural systems, like The Independent's signature cantilevers, while revealing the more intimate spatial composition that building residents will experience on a day-to-day basis.

SD: Yes
*Courses marked "SD" may qualify for Sustainable Design for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.