Hyatt Centric Nearly Finished

Hyatt Centric Nearly Finished - Austin, Texas

Hyatt Centric Nearly Finished – Austin, Texas

What looks like yet another Austin skyscraper under construction is something special. And while this tall and skinny building might look perfectly normal in a place like New York. You don’t see buildings like this in Austin. It lacks a feature that gives it tremendous design freedom. Let me explain.

Most large downtown developments in Austin and other car-centric U.S. cities feature a rather bulky base. That base consists of a parking lot on which they build livable and usable spaces. Some buildings hide it well. For others, it’s just a lightly covered facade. The net effect is for multiple concrete floors dedicated to the parking of cars. Aesthetically, these structures lack an elegant profile.

This Hyatt Centric doesn’t have parking. Thus, every floor is used productively for people. I’m not a zoning expert, but I’m guessing the developer needed to get exceptions for this kind of project. The downtown code requires a parking space to occupant ratio. The net effect is a clean and svelt skyscraper design that fits in a narrow space replacing an underutilized single-story structure.

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