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Identification

Austin City Hall
175300

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
pile foundation
copper
limestone
applied masonry
brown
deconstructivism
active heating (unspecified)
yes, centrally controlled

Usages

governmental office
mercantile

Facts

  • Over time the building's copper facade will turn a blueish grey color.
  • The hole for the building's foundation and underground parking garage was 45 feet deep.
  • The building's design was inspired by the topography of the Texas Hill Country surrounding Austin.
  • A sapling from the Treaty Oak, a 500 year old Live Oak Tree in Austin was planted in the plaza.
  • Public seating for 156 in the council chambers.
  • Japanese artist Nobuho Nagasawa was hired to design art work in the plaza. Rocks were used in a formation to symbolize "the passage of cosmic time".
  • The dais in the council chambers is made of pecan which is the state tree of Texas. The dais also features a piece of wood that was saved from the Treaty Oak, the oldest known tree in Austin.
  • The wall facing Lavaca Street has large windows so the public can view council meetings outside the building from the sidewalk. This was meant to promote "open government".
  • There is free wireless public internet access available inside and outside the building around the plaza.
  • An average of 70 percent of the materials in the building are recycled materials.
  • The condensation from the air conditioning system which produces on average 486 gallons of water a day is reused in a fountain in the main plaza.
  • There are more than 1,500 plants decorating the city hall including 43 trees which shade the plaza and sidewalks.
  • There are 369 doors in the building all made of pecan.
  • Planning for the building began in 1998.
  • The building uses solar panels to produce electricity used in the building.
  • This building is the fifth one in Austin to be called Austin City Hall. The first was in 1858, one of the earlier state capitol buildings.
  • Over 22,600 tons of concrete were used in the building's construction.
  • The facility has bicycle storage, showers and lockers to encourage employees to ride their bikes to work.
  • Over 66,000 square feet of copper was used in the building, enough to make 12 million pennies.
  • There's an outside observation deck that faces 2nd Street, 13 feet above the street. It is open to the public while the building is open.
  • The building has a 49 foot "stinger" or armadillo tail named by Antoine Predock that protrudes from the building's 4th floor at 39 feet above street level. Below it is a balcony overlooking 2nd Street 13 feet off the ground.

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Location

301 West 2nd Street
300 West Cesar Chavez Street
101-199 Guadalupe Street, 100-198 Lavaca Street
301 West Second Street
78701
Warehouse District
Downtown
Austin
Texas
U.S.A.

Technical Data

67.00 ft
67.00 ft
4
1
2002
2004
4
756
$56,700,000

Involved Companies


Antoine Predock Architect PC
Elizabeth Salaiz Architect Inc.

Urban Design Group, Inc.
Spencer Design Group
Carter & Burgess, Inc.

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Features & Amenities

  • Observation floor is available
  • Public parking is available
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