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5th & Brazos Austin

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5th & Brazos Austin

Austin, TX

Project Area
717,000 square feet
Consultants
MKA, Structural; Stantec, Civil; Bay & Associates, MEP; dbHMS, LEED
Contractor
McHugh & White
Materials
Limestone and glass

Located in the heart of downtown Austin, this 32-story mixed-use tower includes two separate hotels and residential units within 717,000 square feet as well as 10,000 square feet of retail along street level. Taking inspiration from the local natural context, a limestone façade podium consists of hotel and apartment units while the 344-foot glass and metal tower rises above. Massing of the tower and composition of the façade directly relates to the functional needs of each program. This provides the tower with its stacked massing.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver, a large amenity floor is shared by hotel and residential and includes an outdoor deck, restaurant space, and landscaping.

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Parcel O Chicago

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Parcel O Chicago

Chicago, IL

Design
2013-2016
Project Area
995,000 square feet
Consultants
WSP, Structural
Materials
Curtain wall glazing, window wall glazing, metal panel

Located on the western edge of Lakeshore East Park, this mixed-use tower contains residential units and two separate hotels in a manner that directly relates to the program. The façade treatments of aluminum panels and vision glass further emphasize the building massing.

The extended program massing reaches out to provide multiple modes of pedestrian connectivity for the surrounding Lakeshore East community. The podium massing also provides an extensive rooftop amenity deck that allows residents to connect with the context at multiple scales and levels.

Designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification, this mixed-use tower additionally provides 14,500 square feet of retail space along Columbus Drive.

Shaoxing Jinghu Hotel
Shaoxing Jinghu Hotel
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Shaoxing Jinghu Hotel

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Shaoxing Jinghu Hotel

Shaoxing, China

Design
January – March 2011
Project Area
1,200,000 SF (113,500 Sq. Meters)
Consultants
Magnusson Klemenic Associates, Structural; Lerch Bates, Vertical Transportation
Materials
Reinforced concrete frame, window wall with LoE vision glass, metal panel, translucent glass and metal fabric scrim, stone cladding and paving

Since the early Tang Dynasty, Shaoxing has been known throughout China for its silk production. This continuing legacy is the inspiration for bKL’s design of both the form and surface of this new 820 ft (250 meter) mixed-use hotel and apartment tower set on a downtown lake.

Glass, metal fabric and metal panels are woven into a skin that rolls and falls as a silk drapery. The resulting floor configuration provides southern exposure for all 260 serviced apartments and a unique expression for each hotel room tier. The building’s surface is a pattern of open, partial, and solid material inherently providing passive solar control.

The undulating tower’s skin lifts off the ground to reveal multi-story entry lobbies and cores. A luminous horizontal form encloses the hotel’s conference, meeting and business center; a ballroom opens to the adjacent roof garden. A restaurant, bar and lounge float at the top, overlooking the lake and historic city beyond.

Amenity floors, marked externally by a separation of the building skin between the lower hotel floors and the upper apartment levels, include a pool, fitness center, and lounge. Commercial space in the tower is united with the street and surrounding urban environment by a swath of building skin designating its presence.