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KPF unveils supertall skyscraper set to be Texas’ tallest

by Sion Geschwindt
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Architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox has revealed images of Waterline, a skyscraper to be built in Austin that would be the tallest structure in Texas once complete.

Construction of the supertall has already begun. The structure will rise to 312 metres and contain apartments, a hotel and office space.

Standing at 74 storeys, Waterline will take the title of Texas’ tallest building from Houston’s JPMorgan Chase Tower which is 7 metres shorter.

Waterline Austin Supertall rendering
The skyscraper will be 74 storeys tall

The first and lowest section of the building will be a pavilion that stretches along the length of the 3.3-acre site, which will hold 7,315 sq.metres of publicly accessible retail and restaurants.

Separated from the river by a preserved floodplain, much of the base level will be lifted 30 feet (9 metres) above the ground by structural pillars.

Waterline Austin Supertall rendering
The different sections are separated by structural columns that create outdoor space

A canopy created between the columns and the envelope of the pavilion will hold entrances to the residential and office areas of the tower, while the landscaping from the park will be extended to create a more natural environment under the skyscraper.

Above the base, a tower, rotated from the base to face the river directly, will have two distinct vertical parts separated by similar columns that create more canopies in the higher parts of the tower.

Waterline Austin Supertall rendering
Landscaping will extend up from the river park

The section directly above the base will hold 13 storeys, making up the 1 Hotel Austin. Above this section will be a rooftop pool.

Offices will be spread over the next 27 floors, while the top 33 floors that make up the final section of the building will be reserved for residences.

KPF said that the team is targeting LEED Gold certification on the project.

Image credits: KPF

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