As people from all over the world are making Dallas their new home, the art, architecture, and culture scene have started to see more and more influence from abroad. Now, Dallas architecture is part of the worldwide conversation more than ever before. From Japanese castle walls designed and constructed by a 15th generation stone mason to a new landmark bridge that connects the city more than ever before. See below on some of the top international architects and their projects in Dallas.
James KM Cheng – Azure
Designed by Vancouver-based James KM Cheng Architects, Inc. and developed by Harwood International, Azure has received acclaim as being exemplary in environmental design and resort-style living. The 375-foot tower, built in stone and metal detailing and sheathed in blue-tinted glass, is highlighted by a striking blue light that illuminates the building façade.
Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Sadafumi Uchiyama – Bleu Ciel
Bleu Ciel is designed in collaboration with Paris-based Jean-Michel Wilmotte and Dallas-based HDF. The community will reflect a resort-like ambience with curated garden environments designed by world-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama. Jean-Michel Wilmotte is recognized for his eclectic approach to architectural design and application of high quality materials and detailing. Wilmotte & Associés SA has a major presence in well-known art museums, retail space, offices, corporate headquarters, high-end residential buildings, and luxury hotels. Notable projects include the Ferrari Sporting Management Center, Maranello-Fiorano; La Réserve Hotel, Ramatuelle; LVMH’s headquarters, Paris; Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris; and Musée d’Orsay, Paris.
I. M. PEI – Dallas City Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center and Fountain Place
Dallas City Hall, Meyerson Symphony Center and Fountain Place were all designed by I. M. Pei, a Chinese-American architect, and are all major architectural focal points in Dallas. Fountain Place is a dramatically sculpted 1.2-million-square-foot office tower with green reflective glass and an oasis of colorful flowers, waterfalls, 172 bubbler fountains, and a central fountain at its base. Dallas City Hall is an inverted-wedge shaped building and is one of the most distinctive structures in all of Dallas. The nearby plaza is home to one of Henry Moore’s largest bronze structures. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is an icon of artist excellence and is regarded as one of the world’s premier concert halls. I. M. Pei’s other notable works include the glass pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Santiago Calatrava – Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge
This is the first vehicular bridge designed by Santiago Calatrava in the United States. The bridge is 1,870 feet long and 120 feet wide with six lanes of traffic, and the center arch is 400 feet tall. More than 200 lights illuminate the arch, the 58 cables, the roadbed, and the underside of the bridge at night. Santiago Calatrava is also working on the new World Trade Center Transportation Center and previous works include The Tower DCH in Dubai, Peace Bridge in Calgary, and the Olympic Sports Complex for the 2004 Olympics in Athens.
Renzo Piano – Nasher Sculpture Center
Raymond Nasher’s vision of an outdoor, “roof-less” museum that serves as a peaceful retreat for reflection of art and nature was brought to life by architect Renzo Piano. It also serves as a public home for Nasher’s collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Renzo Piano’s other notable projects include the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, The Shard in London and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.
Kengo Kuma & Sadafumi Uchiyama – New Rolex Building
The Rolex Building is being designed in collaboration with Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma & Associates and Dallas-based HDF. This iconic seven-story building features 136,857 square feet, including 56,422 square feet of office spaces. Curated environments designed by world-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama include a Japanese inspired tiered garden featuring rampart stone walls at the base of the building with reflecting pools and cascading waterfalls spilling over the sides. A motor court is nestled within gardens and pedestrian friendly sidewalks tie the site to the gardens of Saint Ann Court. Kengo Kuma is also designing the Olympic Stadium for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.