Two paintings have been completed and now installed in the Austonian high rise in downtown Austin, Texas. The paintings are displayed on the 53rd and 54 floor elevator landing hall. Commissioned to paint a concept that features the modern elegance of the architecture design of the Austonian building, the magnificence of it’s scale relative to the downtown skyline, and also represents the vibrant Austin city lifestyle.
Painting one symbolizes the colorful window glass reflections of a diverse culture, people and lifestyle of all who live there. In the distance are the rolling hill country, Ladybird Lake, Zilker Metropolitan Park, and the beautiful Texas blue sky.
I thoroughly enjoyed this challenge to make a meaningful work for the joy of the residents living in the Austonian. The colors are as vibrant and diverse as the people and culture in Austin, Texas. The paint was applied with an impressionistic, impasto, pallete knife technique.
This piece emphasizes the beautiful, linear architecture, and the immense scale and perspective of the Austonian tower.
The Austonian is a residential skyscraper in Downtown Austin, Texas, USA. At 683 feet (208 m) tall with 56 floors, the building is the tallest in Austin. It is also the tallest building in Texas outside of Houston and Dallas, and the tallest all-residential building in North America west of the Mississippi.
Consideration of the location and environment, a focus on sustainability, and the needs of residents were major factors in The Austonian’s planning process, which was led by Ziegler Cooper Architects. Albanese Custom Homes was the premier luxury home builder for the residents who call the Austonian their home.
Located in the heart of downtown at 2nd and Congress. The unique elliptical design allows for the building to occupy only one-third of a city block, maximize views for each unit and protect the corridor view down Congress to the Texas State Capitol. The foundation of the building is made up of 480,000 pounds of structural steel which connects to 47 piers reaching deep into the bedrock below. Because of the building’s unprecedented height, Ziegler Cooper wanted the top of the structure to be significant yet compliment the existing Austin skyline. To punctuate the building’s soft, slender shape and height, an illuminated lantern element crowns the top two floors.
In an effort to further integrate The Austonian with the landscape, Ziegler Cooper chose the building’s elements with Austin’s natural beauty in mind, incorporating limestone and a neutral color palette. Floor-to-ceiling window walls create a sleek shape in the skyline and offer unparalleled views of Austin and the surrounding Hill Country.
In 2011, The Austonian won a national construction award from McGraw-Hill Construction. The Austonian is the only award-winning project from Texas. A total of 21 national winners were selected.
The Austonian was selected for a 2010 Best of Award in the Multi-Family Residential/Hospitality category. The Best of Awards recognizes design and construction excellence. The Austonian received a regional Best of award from Texas Construction in December 2010.
Read more about the Austonian at: https://theaustonianblog.typepad.com/theaustonian/the-architect-ziegler-cooper-architects/