• Project Type Commercial

  • Location Austin, TX

  • Status Complete

  • Collaborators H+UO Architects

Cardinal Point Apartments

Cardinal Point is the first affordable housing community in Northwest Austin. With 120 units, the five 4-story apartment buildings were nestled into the hilly and heavily wooded site to protect existing underground limestone caves and Golden-cheeked Warbler habitat.

During site planning, we worked to preserve as much of the existing juniper woodlands and grasslands as possible, nestling in family friendly amenities:  playgrounds, basketball court, BBQ/picnic areas, a soccer field, and community trails. A rain garden treats runoff and surrounds the trail head with the main playground area, adjacent to the Leasing Center.  Native plantings are incorporated at building foundation plantings and to create a screened buffer along the main road.  

The project is rated 4 stars by Austin Energy Green Building, certified as an Enterprise Green Community, and is LEED V4 Platinum.This project Is a leading example for Austin’s Safe, Mixed-Income, Accessible, Reasonably-priced and Transit-Oriented (S.M.A.R.T.) housing and has served as a model for future affordable housing projects.