New highrise coming to Austin skyline for SXSW Headquarters

New SXSW Headquarters will break ground by the summer of 2017 (Courtesy: SXSW)
New SXSW Headquarters will break ground by the summer of 2017 (Courtesy: SXSW)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A new high rise is coming to the Austin skyline by the year 2019.

The international festival that takes over the city every March, South by Southwest, has unveiled their plans for a new headquarters in downtown Austin. The 12-story building will break ground during the summer of 2017 on the 1400 block of Lavaca.

New SXSW Headquarters will break ground by the summer of 2017 (Courtesy: SXSW)
New SXSW Headquarters will break ground by the summer of 2017 (Courtesy: SXSW)

“SXSW has been on multiple campuses for some time, so for us this space will be about consolidation and communication – allowing us to bring all of our departments under one roof again,” said Roland Swenson, CEO of SXSW. “Ultimately, we imagine a building that houses other creative companies and fosters collaboration between artists, media-centric companies and innovators.”

The building was designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. The wavy design of the building was created to offer panoramic views of the State Capitol.

Features of the building include:

  • Garden of live oak trees
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Bicycle rooms
  • Showers
  • Composting

The building is expected to be completed by the year 2019.

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