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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


never call it dull. —Gregory Ibañez, AIA

photo courtesy morrison seifert murphy

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