The design for the South Congress Hotel strives to reflect the culture of Austin that is simultaneously laid back and progressively sophisticated. The exterior of this three-story hotel utilizes residentially-scaled materials of brick and terra cotta draped in cascading landscaping to create a familiar and inviting streetscape experience. Hotel guests through a large entry courtyard that receives the visitor from the busy streetscape into a lush outdoor courtyard. Seen through a vine-covered screen, the stair from the pool deck descends with a glimpse to lobby gathering room beyond. Inside, wood floors warm the space, balancing the light plaster, steel walls, and custom terra cotta screen blocks. Carefully curated local art and comfortable furnishings create an interior experience that is relaxed and approachable. The hotel ballroom and adjoining pre-function space have large glass doors that open to a sunlit exterior courtyard anchored by native bald Cypress trees and a lush fern wall. The 83 rooms of the South Congress Hotel seek to evoke the comfort and feel of home with warm woods, plush upholstery and local art. Suites include an inviting living room with large glass windows that open to a balcony overlooking the pool terrace or with views to downtown Austin. At street level, the hotel also includes two anchor restaurants, a neighborhood coffee shop, and retail tenants. In collaboration with Dick Clark + Associates and Studio MAI.