Architecture studio HKS has released plans for a supertall skyscraper to be built in Austin, Texas, which will be tallest building in the state.
HKS Austin released plans for an 80-storey, 1,035-feet-tall (315 metres) skyscraper called Wilson Tower, which will be wrapped in a brise soleil.
Taking up a half-block location on 5th Street in downtown Austin, the tower will feature a raised pedestal that cantilevers over the ground-level walkways with concrete columns.
The tower itself will rise from the podium level and will be relatively flat with expansive glazing on the broad sides of the structure and a metal brise-soleil that wraps around the narrow sides, covering the rounded top.
"Along with welcoming outdoor terraces and gardens, the tower itself is wrapped in a brise soleil that offers protection from the hot Texas sun and wind while also providing structural strength." "This brise soleil gives the building uniquely shaded and comfortable outdoor living spaces on every level," said HKS Austin principal Brad Wilkins.
On the podium, classic vertical louvres will be used to shade the interiors, while the tower itself will be covered in a blocky metal structure that changes its profile depending on the needs of the apartments.
The residential tower is being developed by Austin-based Wilson Capital, and will have 450 apartments.