HKS unveils plans for brise soleil-covered supertall skyscraper in Austin

HKS unveils plans for brise soleil-wrapped supertall skyscraper in Austin

Architecture studio HKS has released plans for a supertall skyscraper to be built in Austin, Texas, which will be tallest building in the state.

HKS Austin released plans for an 80-storey, 1,035-feet-tall (315 metres) skyscraper called Wilson Tower, which will be wrapped in a brise soleil.

Austin supertall Wilson Tower renderings
HKS announced the design of a supertall skyscraper in Austin

Taking up a half-block location on 5th Street in downtown Austin, the tower will feature a raised pedestal that cantilevers over the ground-level walkways with concrete columns.

The tower itself will rise from the podium level and will be relatively flat with expansive glazing on the broad sides of the structure and a metal brise-soleil that wraps around the narrow sides, covering the rounded top.

Austin supertall Wilson Tower renderings
The skyscraper will be 80-storeys tall

"Our vision for Wilson Tower is to set a new bar in skyscraper residences for Austin that we believe will foster creativity and social connection," said HKS Austin principal Brad Wilkins.

"Along with welcoming outdoor terraces and gardens, the tower itself is wrapped in a brise soleil that offers protection from the hot Texas sun and wind while also providing structural strength."

"This brise soleil gives the building uniquely shaded and comfortable outdoor living spaces on every level," he continued.

Austin supertall Wilson Tower renderings
It will have a podium and restaurants on the ground level

According to the studio, the brise soleil is a specific response to the hot Texas summers. The shading will take on two different forms on the facade of the structure.

On the podium, classic vertical louvres will be used to shade the interiors, while the tower itself will be covered in a blocky metal structure that changes its profile depending on the needs of the apartments.

Austin supertall Wilson Tower renderings
The tower will be covered in brise soleil

The residential tower is being developed by Austin-based Wilson Capital, and will have 450 apartments.

"We believe it is important to add intentionally designed density along the city's transit corridors to accommodate the unprecedented level of population growth Austin is experiencing," said Wilson Capital founder Taylor Wilson.

Along with the variety of housing options, which span from studios to four-bedroom homes, the development will have amenities in the podium. These include a ground-floor restaurant, movie theatre, coworking spaces and a fitness centre, and the top of the podium will be a pool deck.

Britt Design Group will be in charge of the interiors while Nudge Design will carry out the landscaping work on the property.

Austin supertall Wilson Tower renderings
If completed it will be the tallest skyscraper in Texas

A number of supertall skyscrapers have recently been announced in Austin, many vying for the title of Texas' tallest building. In September Kohn Pedersen Fox broke ground on Waterline, a 1,022 feet tall (312 metres) skyscraper on the river that runs through Austin.

HKS was founded in Dallas in 1939 and has since opened a number of offices in the United States and internationally. Recent projects by the studio in the United States include a creative-complex development in Hollywood.