Austin Proper Hotel & Residences

Client KOR Group
Location Austin, TX
Status Completed in 2020

The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences is an elegantly sculpted form, composed of concrete, glass, and metal.

The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences is a dynamic mixed-use residential and hotel tower located in Austin’s GreenWater District.

The 32-story building has been sculpted to respond to the contours of the land, with views of Lady Bird Lake (a river-like reservoir on Texas’s Colorado River) as well as Texas Hill Country. The project is bordered on its western side by the Shoal Creek, which leads via a winding trail to the reservoir, where people like to hike, bike, fish and canoe. The tower steps back from the Shoal Creek as it rises, with a series of setbacks that create opportunities for pool decks and terraces.

At the pedestrian level, The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences has been designed to feel 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 along 2nd Street and Nuecess 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. Above the hotel, floors 12 to 33 feature 99 private residences, with penthouse units on the top six floors.

The Austin Proper Hotel & Residences 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.

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2021 Architectural Design - Luxury - LIV Hospitality Finalist, Lifestyle Hotel Public Space - Hospitality Design Awards 2020 Finalist, Best Lobby: Luxury - Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design - Boutique Design Magazine


Design Architect Architect of Record

Project Team

Glenn Rescalvo, John Ishihara, Harriet Chang, Julia Leister, Pavitra Dholakia, Tansy Mak, Quoc Nguyen, Gerald Sams, Qendrese Sedolli, Warren Weaver, Jessica Wu

Design Partner(s)

Interior Designer (Residential and Hotel) - KWI


LEED Gold AEGB 2-Star Certified


Dror Baldinger