KPF’s ‘waterline’ in austin to become tallest skyscraper in texas

Austin’s first supertall


Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) unveils the design of its Waterline tower, which has just broken ground in downtown Austin. Upon its completion in late 2026, the project will become the tallest tower in the state of Texas and the growing city’s first supertall skyscraper. Rising 74 stories and 1,022 feet, it will include 352 luxury apartments, 700,000 square feet of office space, and a 251-room 1 Hotel Austin — the hospitality brand’s first location in the state. What’s more, the group is targeting LEED Gold certification throughout the building.


The project is being developed by partners Lincoln Property Company (LPC) and Kairoi Residential. It marks the third high-rise in downtown Austin that LPC has co-developed and broken ground on over the last three years, showing the group’s impact on the rapidly expanding capital city.

KPF supertall austin texasview of Waterline overlooking the river | image by WAX



kpf unveils waterline: the tallest tower in texas


The design team at Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) adds the Waterline tower in Austin, Texas to its larger body of work which includes New York’s 55 Hudson Yards and One Vanderbilt towers. With sweeping views across the city, the architecture will take shape with floor-to-ceiling windows, native stone, and warm textures. Along the vibrant ground level, the architects plan 24,000 square feet of public retail and restaurant space overlooking Waller Creek and the Waterloo Greenway. These spaces are separated from the waterline by a floodplain forest which will preserve the natural experience and walking trails.


The next thirteen floors will be occupied by 1 Hotel Austin (see here), followed by a ballroom and meeting spaces on the fourteenth floor and a rooftop pool with food and beverage service on the sixteenth floor.

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sculptural columns will lift the tower’s base thirty feet above the street to create a two-story canopy | image by WAX



inside the luxury skyscraper


Twenty-seven stories of KPF’s Waterline tower in Austin will host office space, while 14th-floor amenity deck will feature 24,000 square feet of landscaped outdoor space along with a bar and lounge, indoor meeting spaces and a prep kitchen for special events. Office tenants also will have access to a 7,000-square foot fitness center on the second floor featuring cardio equipment and weights along with a yoga and dance studio.


Upscale residential homes will fill the building’s top thirty-three stories offering residents access to two pools on the 41st floor along with a lounge, bar, kitchen, and co-working space. A movement studio, workout studio and steam room will be located one floor above along with soaking tubs, hammocks, a BBQ pit, and a communal dining area.

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1 Hotel Austin will occupy 13 floors just above the ground floor | image by Atchain KPF supertall austin texas
the mixed-use building will include a 1 Hotel, office, and residential uses | image by Atchain

KPF designs supertall 'waterline' in austin to become tallest skyscraper in texas
a grand staircase extending west from the paseo will connect to a public area | image by Atchain

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