Austin Proper Hotel and Residences

  • Prize
    Winner in Architectural Design Hotel – Luxury
  • Company/Firm
    Handel Architects
  • Lead Designer
    Glenn Rescalvo
  • Other Designer(s)
    John Ishihara & Harriet Chang
  • Architect
    Handel Architects
  • Interior Designer
    Kelly Wearstler
  • Hospitality
    The KOR Group
  • Construction Company
    Austin Commercial / Development Manager: Trammell Crow Company
  • Location
    Austin, Texas
  • Project Date
  • Developer
    The KOR Group

The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences is a new mixed-use residential and hotel tower in Austin’s GreenWater District. The 32-story building has been sculpted to respond to the contours of the land and the adjacent Shoal Creek. The tower steps back from the creek as it rises, with a series of setbacks that create opportunities for pool decks and terraces.
The building is a mix of precast concrete and glass, set on an exposed concrete structure. The structure has been subtly eroded in various places to reveal ribbons of glass and balconies. At the pedestrian level, the building feels both intimate and lively, with indoor/outdoor restaurant spaces and cafes, accented with metal panels in graphite grey. The two-story base creates a pedestrian scale at the street that addresses the scale of the neighboring buildings. Framing both the residential entrance and the hotel entrance is a series of 8” wooden slats, burned in the Japanese “shou-sugi-ban” tradition. Hotel guests are greeted by a sunken bar and lounge; above, the 244-key hotel includes ballrooms, meeting rooms, a heated pool, poolside restaurant, spa & treatment rooms, and a fitness facility.