LEED gold-seeking SXSW headquarters breaks ground
Photo courtesy of Inhabitat
The multimedia behemoth South by Southwest (SXSW) has broken ground on its new “green” headquarters in downtown Austin.
A block away from the city capitol, the building aims for LEED gold certification and will boast a large green roof, rain gardens and other energy-efficient systems, reports Inhabitat. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners Architects heads the design of the new mixed-use structure and will work together with landscape architecture firm dwg. to preserve the property’s existing heritage live oaks.
The 280,000-square-foot glass-clad SXSW headquarters will comprise 12 floors — five of which will be dedicated to parking for 300 cars — and consolidate the company’s various campuses. The new building sports a serpentine shape optimized for views of the capitol dome and to preserve the grove of heritage live oaks.
The curved building also serves to frame an inviting new public plaza with rain gardens, seating and pedestrian pathways. A spacious cafe and flexible, informal coworking spaces will complement the ground-floor entry and lobby.
A major highlight of the building will be The Rooftop Deck, a 2,000-square-foot covered patio surrounded by greenery that’s 165 feet above downtown Austin for sweeping views of the Capitol and Hill Country. The project is slated for completion in 2019.
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