Iconic structures like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Reunion Tower in Dallas or the Empire State Building in New York make these cities immediately recognizable when you see them in the skyline. What makes the Austin skyline iconic? There are so many new projects happening downtown, making permanent changes to the Austin skyline today. If you’re like us, you are curious about every new crane you see on your morning commute.
Did you know that of the eight tallest buildings in downtown Austin today, not one of them existed 10 years ago? Planned and proposed projects that will add to the skyline include several hotels, condominiums, luxury apartments, office space, retail space, a central library and a new courthouse. We’ve profiled several of these projects in our quarterly magazine, LOCALE Austin.
Central Library at 710 W. Cesar Chavez
This is not your mother’s library!
BuildingATX.com wrote, “Gone are the days of the stodgy librarian shushing loud patrons. That dusty old stereotype, as well as the idea of a library as a building just filled with books, computers, and the occasional special event, has been replaced with new concepts of what a library could and should be, and Austin will have a shining example of that in 2016.”
The new Central Library’s size, amenities, art spaces, forward-thinking and eco-friendly design, reading porches, and hints of the unexpected make it really exciting. This library will revolutionize the way we look at libraries – what do we need from a library that we can’t get from a smartphone? The renderings show a gathering place where people can collaborate and tap into resources that are digital, analog and HUMAN!
Just up the street from the Seaholm project, the Central Library will be part of this new booming area downtown. Construction is scheduled to be complete in Spring 2016.
Read Part 1 in our Downtown Austin’s Changing Skyline series here.
Read the full “Downtown Austin’s Changing Skyline” article here. For more hyper-local Austin info like this, get a free subscription to our magazine, LOCALE Austin.
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