night garden
November 13, 2017

fareground at one eleven

austin, texas


Fareground at One Eleven Congress is a reimagining of the plaza and lobby space at One Congress Plaza in downtown Austin. Part park and part marketplace, Fareground transformed an underutilized space into a modern, inviting and active downtown hub for professionals, residents and visitors.

The dwg. designed Fareground plaza features an inviting, rolling lawn and stunning, massive oak trees. A meandering ADA ramp offers universal accessibility and immerses visitors in the natural environment as they enter the space, peacefully veiling the hustle and bustle of the busy, adjacent, at-grade streetscape.

Fareground utilizes a dramatic botanical plant palette of native and adapted species to create a verdant and comfortable setting in the midst of the built environment. A variety of seating options and scales of gathering spaces provide lounging, dining, chatting and working opportunities for users. Custom, fixed wooden benches and decking are complemented by mobile furnishings to enhance the flexibility of the plaza.

Cloudscape, Fareground’s iconic water feature, literally creates clouds from water collected from the building’s AC-condensation and creates a powerful visual beacon. Nimbus, the custom-designed and fabricated shade structure, provides relief from exposure and the immense scale of the adjacent tower as it meets the plaza floor.

The indoor lobby of the building was designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture into an upscale eatery hall with the feel of other contemporary city marketplaces – including Austin-centric food and drink vendors, as well as creative meeting and co-working spaces.

Fareground was honored with a 2018 Texas ASLA Merit Award.


  • Client: Cousins
  • Architect: Michael Hsu Office of Architecture
  • Structural Engineer: Leap!
  • Civil Engineer: KBGE
  • General Contractor: Balfour Beatty
  • Custom Steel Fabrication: Sarabi Studio
  • Dining Concept Operator: ELM Group
  • MEP Engineer: EEA
  • Water Features: Cloward H2O