Program: A 1.1-million-square-foot mixed-use complex housing a new W Hotel and a new music venue and recording studio for the PBS show Austin City Limits. The project includes a 37-story hotel and condo tower, a public plaza, retail space, and office space. A portion of the residences and retail—which so far consists of an Urban Outfitters and several restaurants—is finished, with the remainder to be completed in 2012.

Design concept and solution: Drawing on the simple forms and pure shapes of minimalist art, Andersson-Wise Architects conceived the hotel as a narrow tower defined by light and shadow. To give the aluminum curtain wall a sleek, unbroken appearance, they turned the mullions inward to face the interior of the building. Vertical stacks of recessed balconies on the north and south facades set off the reflective curtain wall and add definition and shadow to the tower. Inspired by the Native American cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde, the balconies function as shaded exterior rooms; they are oriented to admit light during the winter and block it during summer. The architects kept the east and west sides of the cast-in-place concrete frame structure narrow to limit sun exposure, using projecting balconies on these facades so that each level shades the one below it. They scaled the base of the hotel tower—and the Austin City Limits venue, located behind the tower—at four stories to echo the heights of neighboring buildings, including the Antoine Predock–designed city hall to the south. Andersson-Wise interpreted the music venue as a kind of minimalist black box, clad with fiber-cement composite panels in two shades of black. A long recessed porch—another linear expanse of shadow, this time horizontal—serves as the venue's main social gathering space. Collaborating on the interiors with the hotel's director of design, Heather Plimmer, the architects imagined the ground floor as a cavelike respite from the Texas sun. The interior unfolds as a series of rooms—a living room, a library of vinyl records, a "secret" bar—that feel increasingly intimate and secluded. The blue gray of the polished concrete floors and the structural concrete columns sets off a warm palette of walnut-board walls and earth-toned sofas with bohemian-bright accents of red and rust.

Completion Date: Hotel: December 2010; Moody Theatre: February 2011

Total construction cost: Over $200 million

Location: 200 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701

Owner: Stratus Properties Inc.



Stratus Properties Inc. – Austin TX



Andersson-Wise Architects
807 Brazos Street, Suite 800
Austin, TX 78701
Tel 512.476.5780
Fax 512.476.0858

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit (e.g., partner in charge, project architect, designer, etc.).
Arthur Andersson, AIA
Chris Wise, AIA
Christopher Sanders, AIA
Catherine Craig
Laura McQuary
Leland Ulmer
Robin Bagley Logan

Architect of record, if applicable:
BOKA Powell
8070 Park Lane
Suite 300
Dallas, Texas 75231

Chris Barnes, AIA
Dennis Gulseth, AIA
Rick Floyd


Interior designer:

Arthur Andersson, AIA - Andersson•Wise Architects


Director of Design:

Heather Plimmer, Stratus Properties Inc.



Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer: JJA, Inc.



Landscape: Talley Associates – Dallas TX
Lighting: Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design – San Francisco, CA
Acoustical: PMK (Pelton Marsh Kinsella)
Other: Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems – Austin, TX


General contractor:

Austin Building Company – Austin, TX



Andrew Pogue, 512.468.2091,
Mark Knight, 512.448.1212,


CAD system, project management, or other software used:




Structural system

Post Tension Slab – Tower
Concrete Pan Slab – Podium


Exterior cladding

Masonry: P&S Masonry (sub)
Metal/glass curtainwall:
A. Zahner & Co. (custom sheet metal)
Wincon (glass curtainwall)
Concrete: CECO Concrete Construction LLC (sub)
Wood: AMI Hospitality, Inc (sub/mfr)
EIFS, ACM, or other:
R.M. Rodgers, Inc. (sub), Eternit Switzerland – Swisspearl



Built-up roofing: Texas Fifth Wall Roofing Systems, Inc (sub)



Entrances: Wincon (glass curtainwall)
Metal doors: Hull Supply Company (sub)
Wood doors: Eggers
Sliding doors:
Fire-control doors, security grilles: Won-Door
Special doors (sound control, X-ray, etc.):
Upswinging doors, other: Miner Central Texas (sub), Overhead Door of Texas



Locksets: McKinney, Sargent, Pemko, Vingcard, Yale, Trimco, Overly, Von Duprin
Hinges: same
Closers: same
Exit devices: same
Pulls: same
Security devices: Vingcard, Linel
Cabinet hardware: Modern Arc, Inc.


Interior finishes

Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong, Baker Drywall (sub)
Suspension grid: USG, Baker Drywall (sub)
Demountable partitions:
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: AMI Hospitality, Inc; Bulthaup, Modern Arc, Inc.
Paints and stains: Alpha Painting (sub), Schnurr (sub), ICI Paints, PPG Industries
Wallcoverings: RJF International, Carnegie, Innovations Wallcoveirngs
Secret Bar Fabric Wrapped Panels: AMI Hospitality, Inc.
Floor and wall tile (cite where used): Alamo Stone and Tile (sub), Lyn Tile (sub), Daltile
Resilient flooring: Rockford Business Interiors (sub), Armstrong
Broadloom: Clayton Miller
Area Rugs: Tai Ping
Wood flooring: Woodwright (sub)



Office furniture: Furniture Marketing Group (vendor)
Reception furniture: Modern Arc, Inc, Zanotta
Secret Bar: Vogel Canada
Trace Restaurant: Royal Custom Designs
Hotel Living Room: Delta Furniture, Vogel Canada, Suite NY, Casamidy, Moroso
Hotel Guestrooms: 2 Zero 6, Vogel Canada
Hotel Suites: 2 Zero 6, Vogel Canada, Molteni & C, Usona Home, Zanotta
Trace Restaurant: Mark David, Spruce Austin
Pool Deck: Kettal, Dedon
Venue: Mitchell Gold, Vogel Canada, Suite NY, Lee Industries
Hotel Living Room: Casamidy, Arteriors, Dragonette, Ltd., Minotti
Hotel Guestrooms: Modern Arc, Inc
Hotel Suites: Modern Arc, Inc., Casamidy, B&B Italia, Usona Home
Trace Restaurant: Intersource Corp., iWorks
Pool Deck: Dedon
Venue: Modern Arc, Inc., J.T. Van Zandt
Hotel Living Room: Vogel Canada
Hotel Guestrooms & Suites: Vogel Canada, Modern Arc, Inc (headboards)
Trace Restaurant: Royal Custom Designs
Venue: Vogel Canada

Other furniture:
Casegoods in Guestrooms and Suites: Modern Arc, Inc.



Interior ambient lighting: Walker Engineering (sub)
Custom Lighting Vendors (Guestroom, Suites & Public Spaces): Coronet, iWorks, Chapman
FF&E Lighting: Barovier & Toso, B&B Italia, De La Espada, Moooi
Task lighting: Coronet



Elevators/Escalators: KONE



include water fountains and water-saving fixtures as applicable:
Dynamic Systems, Inc. – Kohler, Dornbracht, Duravit, Grohe

Add any additional building components or special equipment that made a significant contribution to this project:

Architectural Steel Trim:  Austin Outdoor Studio