Perched high above downtown Dallas, this 8,870-square-foot apartment occupies the eighteenth floor of the Museum Tower building, where intimate rooms and corridors in the center of the oval-shaped apartment radiate out to open spaces and views on the perimeter. The space functions as a private urban refuge as well as a gathering place for family and friends.
Architect: Olson Kundig
Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
Status: Built; Completed 2016
Project Size: 8,870 SF (8,590 SF interior conditioned + 280 SF exterior patio)
Project Team: Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal; Megan Zimmerman, LEED® AP BD+C, Project Architect; Laina Navarro, Interior Design
Key Consultants: Construction Zone International, General Contractor; GDA Architects, Shell/Core Architect; L.A. Fuess Partners, Structural Engineer; Blum Consulting Engineers, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Engineer; Studio Lumina, Lighting Design; Emily Summers Design Associates, Interior Design; Sparling/Stantec, Acoustic Engineer; KB Architectural Services Inc., Gizmo Design; Facility Performance Associates, Energy Inspector
Photographers: Aaron Leitz, Nic Lehoux
“There’s a real yin and yang experience of Dallas in this apartment – the big open, prospect view of the city is balanced with intimate rooms and passageways towards the inside of the floorplate.” –Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA, Design Principal
Organized around a central service core and two parallel circulation corridors, the master bedroom and family bedrooms occupy the north side of the apartment while guest bedrooms occupy the south. An office and kitchenette are contained on the east end, and an open living, dining and kitchen area are on the west end. Here, a blackened steel wall raises into the ceiling via a hand-cranked wheel to reveal a red-accented, jewel-box bar. A custom swing-arm TV pivot gizmo transforms the living area from intimate family gatherings to large game day events.
Walnut casework, dark bronze window mullions and black terrazzo floors along with hardware and lighting from the Tom Kundig Collection complete the industrial aesthetic, creating an interior refuge against the exposure of full-surround window walls.