I’ve mentioned The Independent a couple of times in the last few weeks. At 688 feet, it is Austin’s tallest skyscraper, beating the old record by five feet. But those five feet mean a lot. The Independent now gets to brag they are the tallest all residential tower west of the Mississippi River.
The building is now topped out, meaning, it has reached its final hight, though obviously it’s far from completion. You can now see its relative impact to the fast changing west side of downtown. For obvious reasons, Austinites have nicknamed this the Jenga building. These things go up fast. You can see from this post, how much it has grown in less than a year and a half.
I’m rather excited about The Independent. With its unique architecture, it stands out from the rest and, to me, it has a big city design — the type of tower that might be built in more high-profile cities. It doesn’t look as provincial as the usual designs.
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