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Landcape design for 70 Rainey luxury tower revealed

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More renderings of residences also released

70 Rainey, a luxury high-rise tower under construction in the popular Rainey Street area downtown, is ready to show off its landscaping plans.

International landscape architecture company Design Workshop has created a plan meant to be inspired by the natural beauty and outdoor life Austinites value. 70 Rainey’s private amenity deck, to be located 100 feet above ground atop its landscaped garage roof, is meant to reference local natural features such as Waller Creek and Lady Bird Lake. At 20,000 square feet, it is meant to be a (private) “park in the sky,” according to the building’s managing director, C.J. Sackman.

The deck will also include a vanishing-edge infinity pool, secluded plunge pool, and waterfall; an experiential sundeck; a yoga deck; a fire pit; an outdoor lounge with kitchen; an herb garden; a 600 square-foot dog park with washing/grooming stations; meandering walkways; and multiple seating areas.

Design Workshop’s Philip Koske explained that designers are aiming for a New Orleans feel and will incorporate evergreens, flowering areas, perennial spaces, cactus and other xeriscape plants, a bamboo run on the east side of the building, the aforementioned herb garden, and an opulent number of climbing vines.

Also released were new renderings of some of the 70 Rainey’s interiors, including some residences. The 34-story residential building will be 100 feet or more higher than surrounding buildings and will offer unobstructed views of downtown and beyond, along with 164 residences, a restaurant, and a second-floor patio bar. It was designed by renowned local firm Page Architects, with interior design by architect Mark Zeff, and is being developed by Sackman Enterprises. Residence prices will range from $500,000 to $4,000,000, and the company has opened up reservations for 64 of them. The building is scheduled to be completed in early 2018.