Architecture firm Rhode Partners has built a 58-storey residential skyscraper in Austin from stacked glass blocks.
Called The Independent, 688-foot-tall (212 metres) skyscraper sits between Austin’s Seaholm District and Shoal Creek.
Rhode Partners described the new skyscraper building as a “vertical neighbourhood”.
“Each tier is slid and mirrored around a central core, creating an assortment of unit types and views,” explained Rhode Partners.
The tower´s shape was informed by various site constraints, including an immovable utility line and a horizon protected by Austin’s Capitol View Corridor.
Owing to an efficient HVAC system, the tower is able to function as net-energy-neutral for a significant portion of the year.
The tower’s various amenity rooms are finished in walnut and white oak, with commissioned artworks and other built-in furnishings that elevate what Rhode Partners described as “a condo project with museum-influenced design”.
Founded in 2006 by Brett Rhode, Rhode Partners is an architecture and interior design office based in Austin, Texas.
More notable Texan architecture include a tower with a glass-bottomed pool in Houston and a new canopy designed by Snøhetta for the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas.