Austin’s one of a kind 685-foot residential tower, The Independent

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Set to be the tallest of its kind, located west of the Mississippi in Austin, construction has begun on a 685-foot residential tower called The Independent.

Designed by local practice Rhode Partners, major progress in shaping the building’s stacked and offset form has been made.  

Inspired by Austin’s bold and innovative spirit, The Independent’s tiers is an outward reflection of the vibrant lifestyle within the building and surrounding community. In a city currently having a tech resurgence with a number of entrepreneurs and startups calling Austin home, not to mention the new Google offices quickly moving in at the end of this year, The Independent is in a prime location in Austin’s burgeoning downtown neighbourhood.

In addition to residential units ranging from single to four bedrooms, the building accommodates a wide range of amenities, encompassing over 20,000 square feet across the 9th and 34th floors. An infinity edge heated pool, playground, coffee bar and outdoor lounge are found on the 9th floor, as well as a revitalised shoal creek and guest suites.

The 34th floor includes facilities like gym, a yoga studio, a chef’s catering and a business centre, which also has conference rooms. A cantilevered 25-person theatre is another main feature of the residential tower, offering floor-to-ceiling views of Austin. The building aims to capitalise on the surrounding cityscape, offering views in all directions from a new high point in Austin’s skyline.