The Independent

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Tall Buildings
Firm LocationAustin, United States
CompanyRhode Partners Inc.
Lead ArchitectBrett Rhode
Design TeamWith Rhode Partners: Brett Rhode, Dan Sokolosky, Erin Nies (interiors), Lane Green (Plaza and Site Design), Andrea Hellerman (Unit Design), David Larrew (BIM Manager), Ronn Basquette (Details). Structural Engineers: LAM/DCI MEP Engineers: Garza Bury Partners, Stantec Civil Engineers: Urban Design Group Urban Design: McCann Adams Studios Landscape Architecture: Studio Balcones Trail Design: MWM Design Group Sustainability: Adaptive & Efficient Design Services Vertical Transportation: Lerch Bates Lighting Design: Scott Oldner Lighting Design Commissioning: Jasmine Engineering Facade: Building Exterior Solutions Sound Attenuation: Dickensheets Design Associates
ClientConstructive Ventures, Aspen Heights and CIM Group

The Independent addresses the region's need for increased urban density by providing 370 units and 1,002,000 SF on 1.76 acres and is the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River. Rhode Partners rejected the cookie-cutter feeling of identical inset balconies and window mullions typical of residential high rises for a facade inspired by Austin’s bold and dynamic spirit. The movement between the building’s tiers represents life and action, an outward reflection of the lifestyle the team is creating in the interior of the building as well as with the surrounding community. A refined material palette and sleek detailing throughout steps away from the standard condo project and into an upscale museum-influenced design.