Texas Architect July/Aug 2007: Luxury
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w R eside nces The W Residences has 144 units within its two com- fied relationship among all those parts. Certainly, ponents—the condominiums in the tower and those the long, extended balconies were an influence on in the southern portion of the podium. The developers the interior layouts. Indeed, the fluid lines of the selected a different firm for each portion. Those in facade reverberate throughout the units. the high-rise are the work of Morrison Seifert Murphy With Morrison Seifert Murphy’s interior design of Dallas and the podium’s units are by Cadwallader for the tower’s condominiums, one is struck by Design also of Dallas. the Zen-like minimalist detailing – flush trim and Design architect Lionel Morrison, FAIA, believes reveals abound – and the skillful use of translucent that the project represents a watershed in the ac- glass partitions that allow the ample natural light ceptance of modernism in Dallas residential develop- to penetrate deep into the residential spaces. The ment. “We’ve always had one-off modern residences, sophisticated whites, blond millwork, gray granite, however, they failed to make a larger impact,” says and rich wood flooring are employed here with a Morrison. “In this case the market demanded an mastery that Morrison has honed by his years of uncompromised design approach, in part because of signature residential work in and around the Dallas the recognized W brand.” area. The result might be restrained, yet one would Although the residences were designed after the core and shell was set by HKS, there is a strong, uni- ground floor plan 1 Complex Entry 2 courtyard 3 Existing structure 4 Garage 5 porch 6 bedroom 7 closet 8 kitchen FPO never call it dull. —Gregory Ibañez, AIA photo courtesy morrison seifert murphy 7 / 8 2 0 0 7