Construction work is picking up speed on what will be the tallest residential real estate tower in an American city already famed for its high-rise residential real estate.
Developers revealed some of the environmentally-friendly features of the Austonian, a 56-storey tower rising above Austin, Texas.
Using green building principles and luxury amenities to tempt buyers, the development will boast 40,000 sq feet of unique shared facilities when finished in 2010.
Buyers of homes in the development will own a piece of real estate in what the developers say will be the tallest residential high-rise condominium west of the Mississippi River.
Developers Grupo Villar Mir said: “Buyers are savvy about what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle.
“In addition to choosing hybrid cars and sustainable apparel, people who are in the market for new homes are focusing their real estate search in higher-density areas.”
Green features include an overall design which allows a minimum of 75 per cent of each unit’s ‘regularly occupied space’ to get natural light, reducing the need for electrical lighting.
Luxury perks for the homes include a dog park, screening room, and climate-controlled wine vault.
Last month the Austin Business Journal reported developers dismissed rumours that the scheme would stop short of the planned 56 storeys.
Statesman.com also recently reported that work on the real estate project has reached a pace of one floor per week, with workers progressing on the 34th floor by February 25.
Homes in the scheme include penthouse options and one, two and three-bedroom units are also available.