Lush Landscaping Will Give Luxury Residential Condominiums in Rainey Street District the Feel of Home
Sackman Enterprises revealed recently details of the landscape architecture design for 70 Rainey, the 34-story luxury high-rise condominium development the company is building in the heart of Austin’s historic Rainey Street Historic District.
“70 Rainey is inspired by the character of its surroundings,” said C.J. Sackman, managing director for 70 Rainey. “Set at the front door of the Waller Creek redevelopment, steps away from the hike-and-bike trail, with breathtaking views down Lady Bird Lake, our amenity deck is the urban reflection of the outdoor lifestyle Austinites hold dear. This will truly be a park in the sky.”
With 20,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space, Sackman knew the project demanded an ambitious, leading-edge design. To accomplish their vision, they hired the internationally renowned landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm Design Workshop, whose global operations include offices in Houston and Austin.
“Designing landscape space in the air is complicated, logistically, especially when you’re addressing such a large area,” said Philip Koske, Design Workshop associate. “We went through a lot of iterations. C.J. wants the space to feel garden-like and immersive, and he is committed to an astounding array of amenities. That means the gardens and plant materials have to change as you walk through the space, based on varying wind and sun conditions. Our goal is to make 70 Rainey’s outdoor spaces a pleasurable journey, rather than merely a destination.”
Sackman has curated numerous experiences into the approximately 20,000 square feet of outdoor amenity space. One hundred feet above ground level, atop the building’s landscaped garage podium, 70 Rainey’s expansive outdoor amenity deck will feature a vanishing-edge infinity pool, secluded plunge pool and waterfall; experiential sundeck; yoga deck; fire pit; outdoor lounge with kitchen; spacious herb garden; 600 square-foot dog park with washing/grooming station; meandering walkways; and multiple seating areas.
The design and varied scale of the amenities and landscaping will give the space a feeling of privacy and breathing room. All of the amenities are thoughtfully embedded in the design, which includes garden alcoves, private nooks and meandering walkways nestled among the lush greenery. Design Workshop’s intricate, variable design calls for real landscaping, not just potted plants, giving owners and their guests the feel of a backyard in which to relax and recharge. It incorporates evergreens, flowering areas, perennial spaces, cactus and other xeriscape plants, a bamboo run on the east side of the building, an herb garden, and the opulence of many climbing vines.
Koske said the outdoor spaces will be reminiscent of New Orleans, constantly growing and changing with the seasons and blending the building’s architecture with its gardens.
“We were not interested in haphazardly packing the deck with as many amenities as possible,” said Sackman. “This deck was not designed simply to check boxes. We sought to create settings that inspired unique experiences.”
Developed by Sackman Enterprises, 70 Rainey was designed by Page Architects, with interior design by renowned architect Mark Zeff. Sackman Enterprises is currently accepting reservations for the 164 residences at 70 Rainey. For more information, visit http://www.70rainey.com/.
As originally published by Claire Cavendar, The PR Boutique.