Herzog & de Meuron’s First Project in Texas Will Bring Mass-Timber to Austin

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Herzog & De Meuron, the renowned Swiss architecture practice, has unveiled new images of its upcoming Sixth&Blanco development in Austin, Texas. This marks the firm’s first project in the state and will be a significant addition to the city’s walkable neighborhood of Clarksville.

The development will occupy an entire city block and consist of a five-story mass timber building. It aims to enhance the area with new retail spaces, art galleries, and restaurants, providing a boost to Austin’s cultural scene. In addition, Sixth&Blanco will offer ten luxury residences, a hotel, and a range of amenities for both residents and guests.

Designed by Herzog & De Meuron in collaboration with executive architect Page Southerland Page, the development is set to integrate seamlessly into Austin’s historic fabric. The team plans to achieve this by using a continuous horizontal wooden structure, paying homage to the city’s unique sense of place and cultural heritage.

Simon Demeuse, Partner at Herzog & De Meuron, explained the design concept: “The building is, in essence, a horizontally stacked structure which steps back and decreases in density as it grows taller to maximize daylight and make room for landscaped gardens, courtyards, and porches on all levels. Equal importance is given to the design of both exterior spaces and interior spaces, resulting in unique inside-outside experiences throughout. The project is not a singular uniform gesture but rather a sum of its many individual parts.”

One of the key features of Sixth&Blanco is its use of natural materials sourced from the American Southwest. The development will showcase ten private residences on the upper floors, ranging from three to four bedrooms and bathrooms. These homes will offer spacious living areas, flooded with natural light and adorned with exposed wood and organic materials sourced from Texas, Mexico, and the broader Southwest region. The use of such materials will create a warm and inviting atmosphere, perfectly suited to the Austin climate.

In addition to the residences, Sixth&Blanco will feature over 50,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space spread across the first two floors. The aim is to breathe new life into the neighborhood, attracting both residents and visitors alike.

The environmental impact of the development has been carefully considered, with construction techniques designed to minimize the carbon footprint. By using organic materials and sustainable practices, Sixth&Blanco aims to set a new standard for green living in Austin.

The official launch of sales at Sixth&Blanco was unveiled by Larry McGuire, Co-Founder and Partner of MML Hospitality, and Riverside Resources, Austin-based restaurateur and hotelier, and developer, respectively. With the introduction of this ambitious project, Herzog & De Meuron marks its arrival in Texas and sets the stage for a groundbreaking new development in the heart of Austin.

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