JW Marriott



  • Nine palo verde trees were planted.
  • 100 percent adaptive plant species were used.
  • Plants are allowed to go from seed to flower life.
  • The project avoids annual planting.
  • Low-water planting was selected, including desert museum, Mexican feather grass, Russian sage, rosemary, star jasmine, Carolina jessamine, and Japanese yew.


  • The project has a 20,000-gallon rainwater storage tank, which offers a 197% reduction of potable water and a 53% reduction of total water.
  • 100% of the water needed for irrigation is reused.


  • The site developed from a vacant parking lot to a 4-star hotel, increasing the property values in the area.
  • 800 + jobs were created by opening the hotel.


  • The project supports alternative modes of transportation.
  • The project provides optimal site accessibility, safety, and wayfinding.
  • According to Facebook, 62,707 people have been here. From 150 reviews, the JW Marriot received a collective score of 4.5 stars out of five. On Four Square it is ranked as one of the top 15 pools to swim at in Austin.
  • The pool responds to the pride of the state with a giant outline of Texas inscribed on the bottom. 

JW Marriott

The JW Marriott Austin is an upscale boutique hotel in downtown Austin. Situated on an open fifth level terrace, a deck featuring a pool and amenities offers guests multiple options for outdoor activity.   

Providing the backdrop for the deck is a series of green wall columns, planted with vines, along the south facing façade of the building. Private cabana rooms are nestled within the columns, while chaise lounges offer more social seating out on the open deck. The various lounging areas are located around the pool and outdoor bar. Raised and flush planters, canopy trees, and an outdoor fire pit all provide interest for users. Open, flexible-use space is available via an artificial turf-lawn function space on the western side of the deck.  

The design of the deck spaces is accentuated by attention to details and materials, such as the use of plants with interesting textures, cool paving, and attractive landscape lighting. The amenity deck is a flagship feature of the JW Marriott Austin Hotel.

Location: Austin, TX
Team: HKS Architects, Counsilman-Hunsaker, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, Blum Consulting Engineers, MCLA, Sweeney & Associates, Bury
Photo Credit: Dan Hamm and JW Marriott, Blake Marvin, Jared Tennant