Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2001: Public Spaces
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site plan 1 Shops and restaurants 2 future shops and restaurants with hotel above 3 access to Neighboring Office Tower 4 parking structure 5 retail and film center parking and service access 6 virgin entertainment 7 residential parking access 8 office parking access 9 bank 10 office lobby 11 existing parking structure 12 katy bicycle trail 13 angelika film center lobby 14 dart station platform 15 retail and film center parking access 16 mini-park 17 residential lofts lobby 18 two-story restaurant building 19 drop-off and grand stair 20 plaza with shade structure 21 dart bus plaza central expressw ay frontage roa d 8 1 6 10 2 9 7 mo n cki 4 gb ird e lan 2 1 1 17 3 5 1 17 15 13 11 18 20 14 12 16 21 (opposite page, clockwise) Interior of a penthouse corner essential element—a long shaft of space devoted to round columns. The two lowest levels of apartments loft unit; photo by John Shipes, courtesy UC Urban. A new vehicular circulation and parking, allowing visitors have been reclaimed from the upper two floors of retail facade incorporates pseudo-industrial materials and to comprehend the massive project, make visual the old warehouse, endowing the units located detailing, yet is easily distinguishable from the original brick connection with their destination, and, if fortunate, there with a more gritty “loft” feel than is found warehouse in the background; photo by Craig Blackmon. park close by. The vehicular court is defined at its in the upper-floor units, which are sophisticated Light-rail riders ascend to Mockingbird Station via escalator northern end by extensions of the retail facades on and spacious urban aeries. The building’s original from the below-grade station platform. A wedge-shaped both sides of the street—an effective use of the structural loading (300 psf) allowed for vertical restaurant pavilion overlooks DART. The converted loft figure-ground plan to enrich the spatial experience expansion of three and five floors respectively, on apartment building is beyond; photo by Craig Blackmon. of the entire development at the pedestrian level. the structure’s northern and southern halves. The In the future, this parking street will be visually penthouse floor of each half consists of two-story there has been surprisingly little collateral develop- terminated by an 18-story hotel. Currently, a mezzanine units sporting dramatic views toward ment at any of the 15 light-rail stations located mid-rise office building abutting the property’s downtown and the SMU campus to the west. With outside of the central business district. As DART northern boundary dominates the overall vista. rent for these units exceeding $2 per square currently prepares to open two trunk-line extensions Adjacent to the future hotel, and wedged into the foot (30 percent over current market rates), it is northward to Richardson, Plano, and Garland, northeast corner of the site closest to the DART Mockingbird Station decisively sets the standard station, is the development’s only new freestanding for medium- to high-density redevelopment of construction—an eight-screen art-house cinema underutilized property adjacent to both existing and nearby restaurant pavilion. and future stations. The visual centerpiece of Mockingbird Station is “Mockingbird Station” continued on page 46 concrete pavement: resources mall furnishings: RTKL’s master plan re-organizes the site’s exist- the loft apartments, which seem to explode from water displays: ing structures into two parallel building masses the top of the masonry warehouse in a panoply of cementious decks: comprising the bulk of the development’s 675,000 shiny galvanized metal and glass. The sleek upper cast stone : square feet. The ground floors of each structure are levels are uniformly set back from the brick parapet, glue - laminated timber : dedicated primarily to restaurant and retail tenants, giving the building the look of a massive ocean dampproofing: with office space remaining in the expanded bank liner, including a pool on its stern deck, overlooking systems: building and new loft apartments located on top Mockingbird Lane. The interiors of the 211 loft doors and frames: of the old brick warehouse. The residual area units are predictably more industrial in character Fleetwood Windows & Doors; between these two buildings features the project’s than nautical, with exposed concrete surfaces and storefronts: 1 1 / 1 2 2 0 0 1 Texas Industries; TexaCraft, Landscape Forms; site, street, and fountains, pools, and Greenscape Pump Services; retaining walls: Pavestone; Gypsum Floors of Texas; granite countertops: Belstone; Advanced Cast Stone; lumber : Greenheart Durawood; Structural Wood Systems; Pacific Polymers, MiraDri; waterproofing and exterior insulation and finish TEC Specialty Products; siding: Galvalume Sheet Metal; metal S.W. Fleming; preassembled metal door and frame units: glass: PPG Industries; entrances and Kawneer; decorative glazing: Bendheim Glass t e x a s a r c h i t e c t 25