Austin City Hall (top) and The Domain   John Carrico

Best Outdoor Public Space

TIE: City Hall, the Domain

Unveiled in 2004, our city's fifth City Hall is four stories of sleek limestone and copper with more than 70% recycled materials used in its construction. A waterfall fountain greets an ascent of underground stairs rising above street-level to an outdoor amphitheatre. North of town, Simon/Endeavor's the Domain, Austin's self-proclaimed outdoor "lifestyle center," is way more than just swiping plastic. This premier high-density project unveiled its master plan this past year with rows of shops done up in minimalist charm. But wait, there's more. In 10 years, the developers hope to turn that blank patch of earth into magic: office, retail, condos, hotels, a community center, a 10-acre central park, a jogging trail, and an entertainment district. Now, that's got more future than McFly.

Austin City Hall
301 W. Second, 512/974-2220
www.austintexas.gov

The Domain
11410 Century Oaks Terrace, 512/795-4230
www.thedomainaustin.com

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