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Look inside the Independent, soon to be Austin’s tallest tower

Just released: new renderings

Austin’s Independent luxury condo tower—probably destined forever to be known as the “Jenga tower” due to its distinctive shape—broke ground in January, and presumably continues apace, but we hadn’t heard a lot of news about what will be the city’s tallest building for a while.

To remedy that situation (and to sate our unending curiosity about downtown’s transformation), Independent developers Aspen Heights Partners today released a set of new, more detailed renderings—ones that have not been seen by anyone but the buyers yet.

Some depict the private residences, but most are of public or semi-public areas, and an exterior view lends context to the tower’s place in the Austin skyline.

↑ The Indie Lobby will provide close access to trails, the new city library, and downtown businesses.

↑ The “9th Club Room” and amenities deck will include a dog lounge and park, a children's activity room and playground and an infinity-edge heated pool.

↑ The 34th floor will include a sky fitness center, a 25-person private theater, and an "Owner's Club Room” (pictured) for luxury entertaining and dining.

↑ An interior unit, one of the corner units that make up more than half of the building’s 370 residences, made possible by its unusual design. Each will feature quartz countertops, wide-plank hardwood floors and marble bathrooms, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows.

The 58-story skyscraper, designed and built by Rhode: Partners and under construction on West Third Street and West Avenue near the Seaholm District, is 20 percent complete and scheduled to be finished in 2018, but it’s already 55 percent under contract, and of those still available, only a few one-bedroom residences remain.