W Austin Hotel and Residences

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W Austin Hotel and Residences
The building topped out from Butler Park
General information
Status Complete
Type Hotel, residential
Location 200 Lavaca Street
Austin, Texas
Estimated completion 2010
Opening 2010
Roof 145 m (476 ft)
Technical details
Floor count 37
Design and construction
Architect Andersson-Wise Architects

W Austin Hotel and Residences is a 37-story hotel and residential skyscraper in the Block 21 mixed-use development in Downtown Austin, Texas, adjacent to the Second Street district. It opened in December 2010. Standing at 478 feet above the ground and 37 stories, it is the fourth tallest building in Austin. It is a residential building that sits behind the Austin City Hall. It holds 251 hotel units, managed by W Hotels and 159 condominiums. Earvin "Magic" Johnson's investment company Canyon Johnson Urban Fund II is the primary investor and he also attended the opening ceremony.[1]

The hotel's neighbor in Block 21 is ACL Live at The Moody Theater, where Austin City Limits is recorded.

June 2011 incident[edit]

In 2011, three incidents involving glass falling from the balconies of the hotel forced the building to close its doors. The first occurred on June 11 when two glass panels from the 24th and 25th floors fell into the swimming pool area, injuring four people.[2] The second happened 16 days later on June 27, when three more panels fell onto 3rd and Lavaca Streets. Following the incident, a thousand glass panels would be replaced.[3] The third and latest glass panel incident occurred on June 29.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "W Austin Hotel & Residences". Emporis.com. Retrieved 25 December 2010. 
  2. ^ "Glass panels fall at W Hotel, injuring 4". The Austin American Statesman. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "1,000 glass panels to be replaced at W Austin after some fall". The Austin American Statesman. Retrieved 30 June 2011. 

Coordinates: 30°15′57″N 97°44′50″W / 30.2659°N 97.7471°W / 30.2659; -97.7471