The Dallas Architecture Forum Presents


Modern Living Every Day of the Year

Join us for a great evening at one of the most interesting residences Dallas

The evening will include a cocktail reception with hors d'oeuvres, and the chance to see the residence and hear from some members of the design team while enjoying the company of fellow design enthusiasts.

Reception will be from 6 to 8 pm with remarks from some of the design team at approximately 6:45 pm.

Valet parking provided, business or cocktail attire suggested.

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Monday, 30 October 2017, 6 to 8 pm


The Park & Pearl Residence floats among the critically acclaimed architecture of the Dallas Arts District. It is home to a forward-thinking couple who desired an industrial backdrop for their modern high rise apartment.

From a full floor shell apartment, the design team carved out interior spaces that celebrate the client's cutting edge style and smartly unconventional approach to modern American life. The elegant, oval shaped building perimeter is wrapped with floor to ceiling windows. Both the floor plan and architectural finishes were conceived to capitalize on the expansive 360 degree views and simultaneously mitigate the immense amount of Texas sunlight that would pour into the space. The window mullions were painted black to enhance the industrial feel of the residence. A midnight dark ceiling system with exposed duct work was installed and ‘almost black’ terrazzo floors were poured.

The disciplined commitment to light absorption carried into secondary finishes as well with inserted broad strokes of hot rolled blackened steel, black walnut, and bright red lacquered metal walls. Living spaces, entertaining areas, and bedrooms are expertly located along the perimeter, unique views framed in each. Down the center of the unit are expansive corridors; the spine of the apartment. They provide storage, traffic flow, and gallery space. Clerestory windows allow light to inconspicuously graze the corridors without fully revealing the source.

Aesthetically, the interior design extends the industrial architectural dialogue while avoiding loft clich├ęs. Plush rugs, deep color tones, and bold curves create inviting gathering areas with instinctual traffic patterns encouraging people to explore the windows and views. Multifunctional rooms with custom furniture pieces function well both for everyday activities and a robust entertaining calendar. The family room accommodates a movie night for the entire family and can also be an intimate dining spot for two. The space can be transformed for social events when one can turn the architect’s famed “gizmo” and reveal a red lacquered bar hidden behind hot rolled steel panels. The client-proclaimed "man cave" has its own kitchen along with a ping pong table that doubles as a secondary dining spot for more casual affairs.

The home is the perfect backdrop to display the owners’ growing collection of contemporary art. From artists like James Brooks to Tomory Dodge, the clients have an eye for bold contemporary art that really pops and adds a unique element to this industrial residence.


Interior Architecture:
Tom Kundig, FAIA; Paul Schlachter, AIA
Olson Kundig

Interior Design:
Emily Summers, ASID; Jennifer Long
Emily Summers Design Associates

Andy Byrnes; Will Ryczek
The Construction Zone

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