First Class-A Timber Office and Residential Space Debuts in Austin, Texas
(AUSTIN, Texas, January 29, 2024) – The latest iteration of a mass timber building has arrived in Texas’ capital city, Austin. In partnership with owner/developer Hines, the construction of T3 ATX Eastside reached its completion in November 2023. The property features 92,000 SF of Class-A timber office space and debuts 15 corporate residential suites, a first for the T3 – Timber, Transit, Technology – concept.
Located in the East Austin neighborhood within a short walk to Austin’s downtown and with a transit stop only a few blocks away, T3 ATX Eastside celebrates the industrial history of the site through a focus on the materiality and refinement of metal and wood. With the evolution of T3 into the residential space, corporate guests can now experience the comforts of home surrounded by the inviting organic warmth and beauty of the exposed engineered wood components. DLR Group worked as Design Architect, Architect of Record, and Interior Designer.
DLR Group is executing Hines’ T3 concept in response to the growing cultural demand for local authenticity, sustainability, and urban and social connectivity across the United States and beyond. Each façade answers to the surrounding neighborhood in a unique and tailored fashion, grounding the property at a human scale and washing patrons in the warm richness of wood that few modern live-and-work buildings have.
This approach to the modern-day workplace appeals to those seeking a character-rich yet modern experience. Celebrating the industrial history, the handmade, the grit, the artisanal, and all that has made East Austin what it is today, the building is bold, distinctive, and Texan to the core.”
Steel, masonry, locally made artwork, and accent materials complement the wood to create an environment akin to urban lofts, while the modern building systems and technology infrastructures support the needs of high-tech workforce members and contemporary tenants.
As one of the smallest T3 projects undertaken to date, we were challenged with maximizing the interior experience within a relatively small footprint. We approached this project with abstract thinking and drew inspiration from the adjacent railways and connectivity of train cars. The space is programmed with moving parts and pieces that creates a multi-use, adaptable work-lounge destination with the ability to flex as tenant needs demand,”
Upon arrival, tenants and guests are greeted at reception by an artful furniture piece that celebrates the origination of timber structures and symbolizes the connection between nature and T3 developments.
A series of pivoting doors open to expand the casual work lounge for larger gatherings or events, or pivot closed to create a quiet library-inspired meeting destination. Local artisans and fabricators were engaged to produce custom hospitality-inspired modular and mobile furniture solutions that allow for endless reconfiguration and flexibility for the user.
The material palette layers the exposed timber structure and rich terracotta brick, contrasted by cold rolled steel—authentic materials found in this industrial Austin neighborhood. Bold and colorful art moments commissioned by neighborhood artists further reinforce the project’s connection to its place.
The residential units are modern loft-style residences with their own separate entrance from the office space and feature an exposed wood structure that measures 11 feet clear to the underside of the deck. The building features a daylit communicating stair and balcony with expansive views of Downtown Austin. In addition, the property features the Biker Commuter Lounge on the ground floor adjacent to the bike storage for commuters. Highlighting the significance of the location’s proximity to the area’s historic trail system, casual industrial qualities can be seen throughout, including an art installation made of up-cycled bike parts and a large wall graphic of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway. The property also offers lockers, showers, and three levels of below-grade parking for 220 cars.
As with any pioneering building system, each iteration improves on the last. Eight years after DLR Group began work on Hines’ mass timber design, the firm now has three built T3 projects in Minneapolis, Atlanta, and Austin. Additionally, there are more than six other T3 developments in various stages of design and construction across North America, including T3 Sterling Road in Toronto, T3 Wedgewood-Houston in Nashville, Tennessee, T3 RiNo in Denver, and T3 FAT Village in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The T3 projects in Toronto, Nashville and Denver are expected to be completed by early 2024.
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