As we announced back in February — which feels like a decade ago — the 41-floor downtown Austin condo tower headed for 84 East Avenue will bring a reported 283 “attainably priced” residences to the ever-popular Rainey Street District, courtesy of local developers Pearlstone Partners.
A current view of the tower site on East Avenue.
Though our minds are obviously occupied by a whole lot of other things lately, progress on this tower’s development marches on with updated renderings from its architects at STG Design, giving us a better idea of the building’s appearance:
The building is pretty straightforward, and at least superficially similar to Pearlstone’s nearby Natiivo project, which is also designed by STG. Both towers sport two outdoor amenity decks, one on top of the parking structure and the other at the roof, with the latter including a pool — this approach seems to work really well, since it’s also the general design of the Hanover Company’s twin residential towers at Republic Square and Third & Brazos, though all of these different projects are distinguished from one another by their exterior materials and color choices.
If you recall the original illustrations of the building from back in February, described as “preliminary” at the time by the folks at Pearlstone, you’ll notice some major updates — the exterior is now defined by the rust-colored material screening the parking structure and running up the side of the tower. We’re really hoping that’s a weathering steel-style surface similar to the exterior metal panels of the JW Marriott, but it adds a nice contrast to the typical glass exterior of these towers either way.
Here’s a before/after GIF for your nitpicking pleasure — spot the differences, champ:
Though the challenges of the post-pandemic economy have yet to fully reveal themselves, our contacts at Pearlstone inform us that the 84 East Avenue project remains “materially on track” for its scheduled groundbreaking in early spring 2021. More details about the tower’s brand identity should arrive later this year if all goes well, but we just thought the towersheads out there would enjoy the pictures.