Dallas, Texas, United States
Reshaping a city's skyline
In 1986, the symmetrical emerald glazed office tower by the name of Fountain Place would join and impart its iconic form to the Dallas skyline. In 2015, AMLI Residential in partnership with the design team was tasked with designing a new tower that would engage Fountain Place, embracing the Dan Kiley designed plaza, and drawing on the spirit of the original master plan. While the new residential tower needed to honor its famous commercial sibling, Fountain Place Residences needed to convey a distinctly residential program and character.
Planning and design had to collaborate to create a natural flow of the ground level while maintaining separate yet connected spaces leading to desired views. The dynamic rotation of the tower on its podium also created significant and robust structural shear walls to maximize the floor-to-ceiling glass and more desirable unit planning. The tower’s front entry needed to face Munger Avenue on the opposite of the block from the site "gem", the tree- and fountain-filled plaza. Adding to this challenge, the design team navigated significant grade change.
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Form as art
Fountain Place Residences and its commercial sibling serve as two sculptural glass forms on the Dallas skyline. The interplay of the two buildings separated by more than 40 years in their construction offer individual vignettes due in part to the dynamic volumes. Across the city from the Perot Museum to the Dallas Museum of Art, the office and residential towers create distinct spatial relationships unique to place.
Making first impressions count
Working within the adjacencies of the original Fountain Place and Dallas Arts District, the goal of the interior architecture and design was to imbue the crisp glass volume with a sense of warmth, hospitality, and timeless elegance. The ground floor serves as a theatrical backdrop and a visual connection between the tower and the plaza.
Materials and details alongside furnishings, art and accessories were selected for their warmth and glow to specifically balance the deep green tone of the tower glazing and provide an inviting environment for visitors and residents. Reception, leasing, co-working, resident bar, and lounge spaces utilize a sumptuous material palette of walnut, blackened steel, backlit quartzite, and polished and matte lava stone flooring.
Using art to create a connection to place
A sculptural fabric ceiling was created to physically and visually connect the ground floor spaces. The installation serves as a welcoming gesture from the main entrance on one side of the block and graciously leads visitors around to the amenity areas and to the plaza view. A series of ramps and stairs are used to transpire the grade change and create artful, experimental moments.
The first is home to a site-specific installation by artist Beili Liu, and another is an artful volume of steel and brass ribbons around which to circulate. Overall, Fountain Place Residences is home to a one-of-a-kind collection of commissioned works of art, including installations attuned to particular interior moments.
Life at Fountain Place Residences
Residents at Fountain Place experience an exciting dichotomy on the scale of the City of Dallas. They are able to share in the lush, carefully restored green space originally designed by well-known landscape architect Dan Kiley; they have proximity to the Dallas Arts District and they live within a tower shaped by the dynamic glazing, which slopes in areas to create 53 geometrically unique units.
Level one leaves an impression of theatricality and timelessness, while offering abundant access to amenities. Lofty ceiling heights paired with floor-to ceiling glazing connects the building to its surrounding. The resident experience is at the forefront along with ease of accessibility to amenities, including the coffee lounge, co-working, and resident bar and lounge.
An abundance of amenities
A number of additional indoor and outdoor resident amenities activate the lush garden level at the top of the podium, including clubroom, outdoor dining and grill, media room, indoor dining, dog park, fitness center, pool deck with cabanas, and Sky Lounge are located at Levels 10 and 45.
As big as Texas
- 598,000 SQUARE FEET
- 366 RESIDENTIAL UNITS
- 45 STORIES TALL
“We needed to develop a residential tower that would be every bit as iconic as the original Fountain Place. Page was certainly the firm to integrate the exterior and interiors to create a distinctive sense of place regardless of whether the tower is experienced from a distance, within the landscaped plaza or inside the building.”