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Scottolini
Jan 6, 2010, 8:41 AM
I imagine it wouldn't be any more overbearing than Frost Bank Tower's crown.

wwmiv
Jan 6, 2010, 9:15 AM
I imagine it wouldn't be any more overbearing than Frost Bank Tower's crown.

Alot of the lighting in the Frost's crown is merely reflection and refraction from other pieces of glass AND it isn't nearly as intense as the Austonian. It also spreads the light it has over a much larger surface - a surface that has many breaks and pieces and empty space thrown in. The cumulative effect of all of that is that it doesn't seem nearly as bright as a block-ish crown would with the same amount of lighting.

If they do light the rest of it at the same intensity it will be overbearing and will look like a huge block of light floating above Austin... Not attractive.

AND FWIW event the Frost makes an effort to have a gradation effect. They have the strips of dimmer lighting on the corners of the building beneath the crown.

priller
Jan 6, 2010, 4:47 PM
Oh, I think the Frost Tower is just about perfect in the way it is lit.

Scottolini
Jan 6, 2010, 11:16 PM
Oh, I think the Frost Tower is just about perfect in the way it is lit.

I do as well. What I was trying to convey was that Austonian's crown wouldn't be any brighter than Frost's crown, which would be fine by me.

Here's a comparison of the two as of now.
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/2010January01.jpg
Photography by LoneStarMike

wwmiv
Jan 7, 2010, 12:08 AM
Oh I LOVE the Frost's lighting.

KevinFromTexas
Jan 7, 2010, 12:20 AM
^The brightness of Austonian's crown may be the same as Frosts, assuming they use the same kind of lights (flood lights) that they do on Frost, but even so, The Austonian's crown is no where near as large as Frost's crown. The Austonian's crown is about 61 feet tall and is quite slender east to west. Frost's crown is about 100 feet tall and about that wide at the base. Also the building is lit below the crown for another 40 feet or so on the facade. So about 140 feet of the top of the building is lit, which means it's twice the height of The Austonian's lit area. The only other buildings in Austin that are brighter than Frost are the Capitol and UT Tower.

I'm thinking they'll light the curved part of The Austonian's crown a few shades darker than that top crescent part. The color may even be different, maybe a yellowish color. It would be pointless to light the lower parts the same shade as the crescent area, since it would make that crescent area seem almost notched at the top and fade out, rather than the nice crescent shape it has now. I'm thinking the curved part of the crown will probably be lit similarly to how 300 West Sixth is lit on the end of its barrel roof. The lights create a sort of arch effect.


http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/December2009-26.jpg

Photo by LoneStarMike

By the way, from the view that I had from Saint Edward's University, The Austonian's crown didn't seem very bright. In fact, the currently lit area of the crown from that view, only appeared as bright and large as the Frost Bank logos on the Frost Bank Tower.

KevinFromTexas
Jan 13, 2010, 6:18 PM
Taken about 30 minutes ago:

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KevinFromTexas
Jan 26, 2010, 7:36 AM
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Thymant
Jan 26, 2010, 6:39 PM
Very very nice!:tup:

WonderlandPark
Jan 26, 2010, 6:54 PM
Austin has got to be the most changed skyline of the last decade of any major US city, along with Miami. Looks stunning and so, so different than when I last visited in '99.

photoLith
Jan 26, 2010, 7:11 PM
Wait, does the Austonian have an observation deck up there? I see those coin slot scopes up at the top. Im sure its been asked before but I didnt think it was going to have an observation deck.

chex
Jan 26, 2010, 7:12 PM
very nice pics kevin, thanx for sharing!
this building came along really nice! it melts very good with its surroundings!
i like how it's litten up at dusk, with that light blue light! very nice!

priller
Jan 26, 2010, 7:40 PM
Wait, does the Austonian have an observation deck up there? I see those coin slot scopes up at the top. Im sure its been asked before but I didnt think it was going to have an observation deck.

There is a balcony up there at the base of the crown, but since this is a residential building I doubt it will be open to the public.

KevinFromTexas
Jan 26, 2010, 10:11 PM
Thanks guys.

very nice pics kevin, thanx for sharing!
this building came along really nice! it melts very good with its surroundings!
i like how it's litten up at dusk, with that light blue light! very nice!

The blue lights on the crown look that way just as they're coming on. Once the lights are on at full power, they're a bright white.

By the way, I absolutely love the crown now. The glass is very reflective of the sky, but not like a mirror. It's more like the reflection you'd see in say, a sheet of aluminum or tin, but with a bit more sheen to it. Because the crown curves, the glass picks up the reflection of the sky with different colors from different areas of the sky. You might have blue sky on one spot, but then it might reflect the orange color of the setting sun or pinks or purples from clouds at sunset. And it this is exactly how it looked with the naked eye. I saw it from Mopac last week as the sun was setting, and most of the skyline had already gone dark because the sun was low, but the top of the Austonian was still lit by the sun. So the crown seemed to glow. At first I had thought they'd turned on more lights in the crown.

With the crown behaving this way, I hope they only start to turn the lights on inside the crown after it starts to get dark, and not while the sun is still setting with all the different colors.

John Martin
Jan 26, 2010, 10:45 PM
What a great building! I really like the shape of it.

pj3000
Jan 27, 2010, 3:45 AM
Very nice looking tower. But what's with the name?

KevinFromTexas
Feb 20, 2010, 7:32 PM
It's just a name. Everyone always asks that, why not "The Austinite"? I'm not sure that would have sounded right.

The Austonian is getting two more restaurants.


Former Driskill chef David Bull to open two restaurants at Austonian condo tower

By Mike Stutter
AMERICAN-STATESMAN RESTAURANT WRITER

Updated: 9:38 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010
Published: 7:48 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, 2010

Former Driskill Grill chef David Bull said Friday that he plans to return to the downtown culinary scene in September with two restaurants at the Austonian.

Bull, who shaped the Driskill Grill into one of the city's best restaurants and competed on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America," will oversee an upscale restaurant named Congress and a more casual spot called Second at Congress.

Both will be on the ground floor of the 56-story luxury condominium tower, which is scheduled to open in June at Second Street and Congress Avenue.

...


http://www.austin360.com/food-drink/former-driskill-chef-david-bull-to-open-two-257530.html?plckItemsPerPage=25&plckFindCommentKey=CommentKey:30b7b50e-a721-4bcc-8405-f3dcd89714c3#pluck_comments_list

Complex01
Feb 24, 2010, 2:27 AM
The tower is looking good. I saw it today during the snow. Very Kewl...

http://www.myemoticons.com/images/weather/snowy/mush.gif

Texan101
Feb 24, 2010, 6:28 AM
Turned out awesome! Congrads once again Austin.:cheers:

imzache
Mar 3, 2010, 1:09 AM
Hey, the north side of the crown is lit up (at least partially). Saw it from campus. Not sure if the south is lit up, too.

Looks pretty classy so far.

pacarlson
Mar 3, 2010, 1:23 AM
Great looking skyline and the Austonian looks fantastic.

KevinFromTexas
Mar 3, 2010, 2:11 AM
Hey, the north side of the crown is lit up (at least partially). Saw it from campus. Not sure if the south is lit up, too.

Looks pretty classy so far.

Yes, it was too. I was actually down at St. Ed's taking pictures this evening. It's definitely an improvement, but I'm still wanting more.

imzache
Mar 3, 2010, 2:41 AM
Yes, it was too. I was actually down at St. Ed's taking pictures this evening. It's definitely an improvement, but I'm still wanting more.

I'm guessing the third "section" of lighting will be the east and west sides, yeah? I'm going to guess they'll do the same spotlight effect as the north and south sides. That way the crescent will still be distinguishable.

Either way, I can't wait to see the finished product.

KevinFromTexas
Mar 3, 2010, 2:51 AM
Yeah, it looks pretty good actually. There's a view of it in my neighborhood, and on the way home from taking those photos, I saw it. It's definitely noticeable from that spot, and that's 5 miles away. If they light up the other two sides, it'll definitely standout.

imzache
Mar 4, 2010, 2:02 AM
The top lights of the crown (the ones that have been white for a couple of months) are changing colors now, akin to the Monarch's crown. At this rate the lighting scheme should be finished any day now...

AustinSkyscrapers
Mar 4, 2010, 2:39 AM
Does anybody know when the Austonian will finish off? I'm thinking somewhere in mid-March to early-April. That's my estimate. But is there any set timetable?

KevinFromTexas
Mar 4, 2010, 3:31 AM
Pretty much all the exterior work is done. The lighting is supposed to be done this month. The interior work will continue for many months though as buyers move in.

priller
Mar 4, 2010, 4:49 PM
I think there are still a few months left before people start moving in. Some of the lower floors are probably nearly done but street-level still has a ways to go.

shakman
Mar 4, 2010, 5:17 PM
There is lot of components that makes up the interior which includes software programming of various systems. In many instances, different systems need to communicate and synchronize with each other due to emergencies, power failures and the likes. Also relative to the general functions of the structure. Then when all the said is functional, City inpsectors, including the Fire Marshall, have to sign off before an occupancy permit can be granted in order for the residents to move in. This work alone can take a few months - all contingent upon de-bugging the system.

WAustinResident
Mar 4, 2010, 11:53 PM
From what I understand the first condos open in june, but the street level retail may not be completed until early 2011 (like january). The building will not be fully operational with all purchased units moved in until sometime in mid 2011.

KevinFromTexas
Mar 7, 2010, 4:33 AM
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Caught the aircraft warning light in this one. It's sort of a strobe.
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In this pic I took back in January, you can see the awning where the floodlights on the south side of the crown are mounted above the main roof.. There's also an awning on the north side where the lights are too.
http://img168.imageshack.us/img168/9386/p1360073edit.jpg

AustinSkyscrapers
Mar 7, 2010, 3:00 PM
The strong light on the South Side of the crown reminds me of those lights on the walls inside a theater, like there's a little cone and light comes out of it.

LoneStarMike
Mar 11, 2010, 5:09 AM
March 8, 2010

From the dog park
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%202010/2010-010-MAR.jpg


From Joe's Crab Shack
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From the Embassy Suites garage
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From the Hyatt (17th floor)
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KevinFromTexas
Mar 11, 2010, 5:15 AM
Looking good. I guess this is it for the lighting on the crown.

priller
Mar 11, 2010, 5:30 AM
Nice shots!

LoneStarMike
Jul 1, 2010, 11:24 PM
Here's some night shots from around town the past week or so of the different colored lights on the Austonian.

01. Red - from Congress Ave Bridge
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline031.jpg


02. White - from Butler Park's Observation Hill
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline048.jpg


03. Green - from the glitzy & sophisticated nightlife district of S. Lamar Blvd. :D
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline053.jpg


04. Yellow? From S. Lamar
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline050.jpg


05. Yellow? from S. Lamar
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline051.jpg


06. Orange (I think) from Butler Park's Observation Hill
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NightSkyline047.jpg


07. Orange (I think) from Butler Park's Observation Hill
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline049.jpg


08. Orange (I think) from the 17th floor of the Hyatt
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline035.jpg


09. Purple - from S. Lamar
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline052.jpg


10. Purple - from 17th floor of the Hyatt
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline036.jpg


11. Purple - from the 17th floor of the Hyatt
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline046.jpg


12. Blue - from the 17th floor of the hyatt
http://i241.photobucket.com/albums/ff158/LoneStarMike/Austin%20Night/NiteSkyline037.jpg

Onn
Jul 8, 2010, 2:30 AM
Some awesome shots from the Austonian pool deck and roof.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/tbgimages/sets/72157624327908170/with/4722690918/