The Independent—the tower that, when finished, will be the tallest building in Austin as well as the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi—held a topping-out celebration Sunday, honoring the tradition of marking the point in construction when the highest part of the building is in place.
Located at the northeast corner of West Third Street and West Avenue (301 West Avenue), the building was hard to miss even before it reached its highest point. Developed by Apsen Heights and the CIM Group and designed by Rhode: Partners, the tower has distinctive stacked design that has led to its being called the “Jenga Tower” informally.
Valued at $300 million, the Independent tops out at 685 feet, or 58 stories. More than 80 percent of its 363 residences, which range in price from $400,000 to more than $3.5 million, are under contract, but not to worry: There are still units in the $600,000 range available.
In addition to celebrating topping out, The Independent also released new and updated renderings of some planned interior and exterior spaces.