Texas Architect July/Aug 2007: Luxury
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7/8 2007 ground fLoor PLan 1 ComPlex entry 2 Courtyard 3 existing struCture 4 garage 5 PorCh 6 bedroom 7 Closet 8 kitChen FPO the W residences has 144 units within its two com- ponents—the condominiums in the tower and those in the southern portion of the podium. the developers selected a different firm for each portion. those in the high-rise are the work of Morrison seifert Murphy of dallas and the podium’s units are by cadwallader design also of dallas. design architect Lionel Morrison, faia, believes that the project represents a watershed in the ac- ceptance of modernism in dallas residential develop- ment. “We’ve always had one-off modern residences, however, they failed to make a larger impact,” says Morrison. “in this case the market demanded an uncompromised design approach, in part because of the recognized W brand.” although the residences were designed after the core and shell was set by hKs, there is a strong, uni- w Residences PHOTO COuRTESY MORRISON SEIFERT MuRPHY fied relationship among all those parts. certainly, the long, extended balconies were an influence on the interior layouts. indeed, the fluid lines of the facade reverberate throughout the units. With Morrison seifert Murphy’s interior design for the tower’s condominiums, one is struck by the Zen-like minimalist detailing – flush trim and reveals abound – and the skillful use of translucent glass partitions that allow the ample natural light to penetrate deep into the residential spaces. the sophisticated whites, blond millwork, gray granite, and rich wood flooring are employed here with a mastery that Morrison has honed by his years of signature residential work in and around the dallas area. the result might be restrained, yet one would never call it dull. —gregory ibañez, aia