To take advantage of this prominent urban site and its spectacular views of downtown Austin, the client and architect envisioned a three-story, mixed-use building. The first floor is comprised of retail space, while the second is reserved for office space and an aerobics studio for the Mecca Gym and Spa, which occupies the third floor for its other services. Although large enough to accommodate multiple functions, the building is designed to tie together rather than to overpower the surrounding retail district.
The tower prominently defines the corner as a creative combination of both new architecture and a traditional downtown street-corner form. At night, the glass at the top of the tower as well as the lit display windows create a warm glow upon the street below, making this building both an active participant and an aesthetic asset to the Lamar commercial district.
- Austin Canyon Corporation Outstanding Constructon Award, 1999