Austin, Texas

The Frost Bank Office Tower balances the visual impact of the cityscape with the physical experience of the streetscape. It responds to the immediately surrounding low-rise buildings as well as the existing Austin skyline which is dominated by the dome of the historic Texas State Capitol. An eleven-story parking garage forms the base of the thirty-three story tower; a two-story public lobby opens to a canopied outdoor plaza; street-level restaurants activate the pedestrian experience. Shifting the relative prominence of materials - from buff-colored native limestone to glass- allows different readings of scale to emerge. At street level, it respects the context of the surrounding older buildings, using a formal language and materials appropriate for human-scaled public spaces. From a distance, the profile of its multi-layered glass crown adds a complementary new landmark to Austin's skyline.