Featured Illustration (above): Conceptual rendering of the 3rd Street ground-level view of the Hanover Brazos building, with the incorporated former warehouse structure. Image: SCB
By Edmond Ortiz
Austin (Travis County)–A proposed 45-story residential mixed-use high-rise at Third and Brazos streets has cleared a bureaucratic obstacle.
The city’s Design Commission voted unanimously on June 22 to declare that the Hanover Brazos tower substantially complies with the city’s urban design guidelines. This will help to permit the building to be constructed at the developer’s envisioned density and height.
Rendering of the north view of Hanover Brazos. Image: SCB
Houston-based Hanover Co. is the developer behind the project at 201 E. 3rd St. Preliminary plans call for 308 apartments, or 429,405 square feet of multifamily residential space), 3,918 square feet of lobby area space, 18,104 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, and 4,628 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
There also would be 308 spaces inside the above-ground parking garage. Chicago-based architecture firm Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB) is the project designer.
Craig Krupitzer of SCB told the commission that the newest design maximizes retail frontage along 3rd Street and incorporates porches and patios to amplify the street walkway experience. The tower will have active frontages along Third and Brazos streets.
“Our corner is anchored actually by an outdoor space and a patio that will house seating for the restaurant. There’s planters and a canopy to help shelter it from the elements,” Krupitzer added.
The high-rise design will continue to incorporate a former warehouse and grocery building. Krupitzer explained that the existing tan brick building offers some inspiration for design of the transition between the old structure and new vertical construction.
“We’re really wanting to use that as an inspiration to design an experience that has this indoor/outdoor vernacular to it that resonates with the city of Austin,” he added.
Designs of existing surrounding buildings, such as the JW Marriott, also influenced the Hanover Brazos design.
The project team stated the following in the urban design guidelines application: “By using materials with local character such as brick and metal cladding along the podium, the project responds to the character of the adjacent warehouse area and captures and retains the spirit of the district as encouraged by the Historic Landmark Commission.”
The design team also created a small amenity deck, with views of Lady Bird Lake, marking the transition between the parking garage and residences.
Some commissioners commended the design, and were especially pleased with the incorporation of the existing building, and how the tower’s commercial section blends in with surrounding architecture and how it engages with visitors and passers-by.
In order to capitalize on the city’s density bonus program, Hanover must also improve the streetscape around the new building’s footprint, and commit to a minimum two-star rating under Austin Energy’s Green Building program.
There is no estimated construction cost, timeline or delivery method. VBX members may track this project using ID number: 2019-95AB.
Edmond Ortiz is a lifelong San Antonian and a 20-plus-year veteran in local journalism, He previously worked full-time at the San Antonio Express-News, and has been freelancing for outlets such as the Rivard Report.