The only penthouse in the W Austin Hotel and Residences (it’s a residence) designed by local luminary Michael Hsu’s Office of Architecture hit the market recently, and the minimal side of Hsu’s distinctive style is on light ‘n’ airy display there.
The 2,899-square-foot unit has 14' ceilings and many walls of glass, with wraparound panoramic views of western hills, the downtown skyline, and Lady Bird Lake and two terraces from which to enjoy them. That’s true of many downtown penthouses, one supposes, but the contemporary design stands out here, with white leather walls, a brushed bronze fireplace, wood floors, vanilla larch Bulthap cabinets, and inventive use of color and built-ins.
Built (or built out) in 2011, the home has three bedrooms and four bathrooms, with such touches as automated window shades and a custom living room loft. It comes with a three-car, enclosed garage on the first residential as well as separate storage space.
Along with its custom cabinets, the kitchen features Miele appliances and a walk-in pantry.
The clever use of color and functional structural elements create separate areas in the large space.
Bathrooms feature Wenge cabinets and Carrara marble.
The master bedroom features a large walk-in closet, and there are laundry facilities in the unit’s spacious utility room.
• 210 Lavaca Street, W Residences, #3504 [DEN Property Group]