Harwood Village - Bleu Ciel tower

Dallas Etats-Unis 2016
Wilmotte & Associés - Harwood Village - Bleu Ciel tower

Technical specifications

Client
Harwood International

Project team
Architect consultant: Wilmotte & Associés
Architect: Harwood Design Factory LLC
Civil Engineer: Halff Associates, Inc
Structural Engineer: L.A. Fuess Partners, Inc
MEP Engineer: Blum Consulting Engineers
Landscape Architect: Uchiyama Design Studio
Landscape Record:Halff D+PC, Inc
Construction Management: Harwood Construction

Areas
461,000 ft²
Residential tower of 32 floors
Height: 375 feet 158 luxury residences
Terraces: 7,500 m²

Project under construction

Overview

Program
Architect consultant for the concept design of a high standing mixed-use tower (housing, retail).


Description of the project
Bleu Ciel high rise tower belongs to the Harwood Village project. Harwood Village will become the latest addition to the Uptown area of Dallas. This new development will reinforce the urban fabric within Dallas.

The project is surrounded by an urban oasis of gardens, restaurants, arts, and entertainment venues.

Public spaces around the project are very important: landscape, maintenance of parks and gardens, urban furniture, nice and safe roads... The district proposes more than 2,4 ha of garden spaces, a 12 ha linear park located at the north end of Harwood and 5,6 km of pedestrian and bicycle trail.

Bleu Ciel tower is imagined as an illustrious ‘gateway’ to the Harwood District. All flats proposed include a large private terrace and cater to the needs of contemporary living.

The gracefully curving guardrails of the terraces are made from frosted glass juxtaposed with the facets of full height glass windows, and white stucco walls of the flats units provide an urban identity of its own.

Bleu Ciel rethinks the mix of private and public spaces to encourage residents to spend time outside, and hence, it proposes a typology where the city does not stop at the front door but rather extends into and enlivens the home.

Sculptural in form and curvilinear in plan, Bleu Ciel tower is driven by a number of physical influences, the most important one being the context of the site itself. The tower is equipped to withstand the wind forces. Its design approach opens up the skyline, provides a pleasant composition and allows more light to enter the site while casting fewer shadows on adjacent properties.

Based on progressive responses to public realm and climate, the building has been designed from the inside out serving as a window looking out over the city of Dallas. At night, the tower is lightened like a gem. The underside of the cantilevered roof is covered with a dynamic LED lighting surface.

The building takes best advantage of light and shade. Its façade design with a high visibility factor and orientation would allow maximum daylight penetration.

The new building fits into the orthogonal structure and proportion of the existing urban grid and adopts the stringent geometry of the existing buildings, but transports the design principles into a clear minimalist form. Harwood Village will certainly be instrumental in creating a new image for the district and is destined to become an emblem of contemporary architecture for the city of Dallas.

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