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Austin’s Pretty Rivets: SCB Tops Out in the Texas Capital

Northshore (Courtesy of SCB)

Northshore (Courtesy of SCB)

Continuing our new series of reports called “Chicago Exports…”

Prolific Chicago architecture firm SCB‘s latest foray into the Lone Star State has just topped out.

Northshore (Courtesy of SCB)Northshore (sometimes known as Green Water Tower I) is part of the larger redevelopment of the Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant in downtown Austin into a huge mixed-use development featuring shops, restaurants, offices, and apartments. The term “Northshore” refers to its location on the north bank of the Colorado River.

The 38-story tower features two very prominent setbacks that carry the main portion of the tower back from the edge of the river.

Chicagoans who visit Austin will notice a familiar feature — Its parking podium is partially covered in cantilevered shiny gray metal panels, like the base of the residential tower SCB designed for Block37.

Location: West Cesar Chavez Street, Downtown Austin


Author: Editor

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