221 Tower

Downtown Austin, Texas

LEVY redesigned the main lobby, elevator lobby, elevator cabs, security lobby, security desk, outdoor courtyard, and parking garage entry of the Chase Tower in downtown Austin, Texas. The new design features a contemporary material palette and softer lighting package that helps to bring a feeling of calmness as you enter the building.

The existing parking garage entry was simply utilitarian, dark, and difficult to navigate. To create a more welcoming, modern, and bright entry experience into the building we opened the compressed space by demolishing the second level lobby footprint and designing a new feature stair that directs you to the building's main corridor. The new multi-level entry features a glass storefront system for instant visual impact. New light fixtures and finishes will match the interior renovations of the Chase Tower lobby and will provide a cohesive design from entry to exit.

The existing courtyard was a blighted area neglected by building tenants. Furniture was limited, and massive, angular planter beds dominated the courtyard. Our approach to revitalizing this communal area was to create a spatially open program, incorporate local art, and refresh the space with new landscaping. We designed an installation that would feature an assortment of different vegetative densities along with an integrated colorful art piece that would be created by a local artist. The new art installation will camouflage the parking garage structure that darkens the courtyard.






Photography: Ryan Begley