The hotel opens at a time of rapid change in East Austin, but there was a community ethos at play in its design. On a material level – specifically the masonry infilled concrete structure – we looked to existing warehouse structures in East Austin, most notably the adjacent building housing the Texas Society of Architects.
It is an admittedly large structure, although not out of keeping with the transit oriented sixth street development . But it is to ARRIVE’s credit that it requested a building that favored public elements first, hotel second. A large structure, yes, but one that draws its inspirations from the neighborhood. Perhaps most striking in this regard is Lefty’s Brick Bar, an open-air outdoor restaurant and beer garden located within the remains of a pre-existing masonry structure now physically attached to the principal hotel.
The built result is a testament to Baldridge’s and ARRIVE’s belief in context and community, comprising the work of local designers, consultants, artisans and construction professionals.
For more about the ARRIVE Hotel Group, you should go to its website.