When it breaks ground, in September 2016, Ltd. Edition No. 2505 promises to be one of Dallas’ most glamorous new additions to the luxury residential high-rise market. Great Gulf, the Toronto-based developer behind the 60-unit project overlooking Turtle Creek, has assembled a dazzling cast of fellow Canadians, including starchitect Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects; interior designer Diego Burdi of Burdifilek; and landscape architect Janet Rosenberg of Rosenberg & Studio.
Located on a 1.4-acre site at the corner of Fairmount Street and Turtle Creek Boulevard, 2505 will be subtly clad in light gray masonry and glass. The average residence is about 3,800 square feet with massive terraces of around 1,870 square feet, and include outdoor kitchens, fireplaces, garden and water features. All units have spectacular parkside views that include Turtle Creek and Reverchon Park, along with views of the Dallas skyline. They come standard with private elevators and rooms are devoid of pesky interior structural columns to clutter views and open spaces. Grounds have a gated entrance, private carport, full-time valet and concierge, large pool and plunge pool, extensive gardens with a meditative walk, fountains and sculpture, and a private area for pets.
Residences, which range from $1.1 million for smaller units and upwards of $15 million for the penthouse, are being pre-sold through Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty. To learn more, I picked the brain of Christopher J. Wien, president of Great Gulf.
Dallas has been on our radar for eight or nine years. As the parent company of Aston Wood home building, we are already in 13 cities including Dallas, building single-family homes. We are making an active push to build luxury high rises in Texas, and we targeted Dallas because it’s one of the up-and-coming cities in the U.S, with great businesses, an incredible cultural community, great climate. I think you will see the city transform over the next 10 years with different demographics, with millennials living closer to downtown. The city is poised to become very urbanized.
How is the 2505 different design-wise from other luxury towers in town?
I toured many of the buildings along Turtle Creek and Uptown, such as Museum Tower, Azure, the Mansion residences, the Warrington. What we saw are two distinct styles. Some are very classic residential buildings, such as the Stoneleigh or the The Ritz. Then you have very contemporary, like Museum Tower and Azure, all very good examples of glass and steel towers. And what we wanted to bring was something in the middle, not the super contemporary towers you see in Vancouver or Miami.
2505 really represents an elegant contemporary. That’s where we saw an opportunity in the market, with classic lines, yet substantial in how it appears in the skyline. We wanted to bring a different feel to Dallas.
What do we need to know about Siamak Hariri?
We’ve worked with him extensively. He’s regarded throughout the world as one of the really amazing future stars of architecture. Recently, he did an amazing temple in Chile and he’s almost finished with a 78-story tower in Toronto, which won an award in 2014 as the best high-rise in the world. He is a master of design and expression. I just love how he brings an organic feel to architecture that’s very elegant and fits naturally in the surroundings.
What inspired the building’s design?
Siamak is a great student of architecture — he teaches architecture here in Toronto. He’s very academic in his thinking, looking at architecture of the past. One of his mentors and heroes is Louis Kahn. He’s visited the Kimbell many times. Kahn’s architecture was part of his inspiration for our building. Both he and I love the Dallas skyline, and architecture plays such an important role in Dallas, especially with the buildings for the Arts District.
You have some of the greats — I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaus. We wanted to pay homage to that architecture and really provide a building that is contemporary, yet elegant and timeless. It’s very sculptural, not just a metal and glass tower. It’s a gorgeous shape that curves and twists organically as it rises to the sky.
Every unit has multiple views. How did you manage that?
We designed the building with the lobby elevator at the back, so that the majority of units have windows on two sides. Most luxury buildings have hallways in the middle. Our hallways are on the back, so that units all have gorgeous views to the south and west are filled with light. As much as possible, the architect wanted everything to feel very spacious, with as much access to natural light as possible.
Part of the architecture is to create these gorgeous wraparound terraces that are tremendously large. They give you a great sanctuary in the sky. Also, many times the balconies of high rises are sort of glued on to the outside of the building, just hanging out there. In our building, the terraces wrap around and are integrated into the architecture, so there’s also a sense of privacy and serenity.
The whole first floor is a common area that includes a gorgeous lobby in stone and marble and beautiful woods. There’s a beautiful, wide marble hallway that’s a gallery to the elevators, and an owner’s lounge in stone and marble with wood finishes and bronze and metal accents. Beyond that, there’s a gym that’s beautifully equipped, spa room, games room and outdoor pool. The finishes are contemporary in the way we treat them, but they are classic in stone and marble. Inside the units, customers have choices as to finish.
We will have materials displayed, but it’ll be the same theme in natural stone, woods and metal accents, with features like oversized solid wood doors throughout and 10-foot ceilings. The kitchens are designed by the Italian company Dada and will have high-end appliances like Wolf and Sub Zero.
We plan to be here another 20 to 30 years building high-rise residential. We already own 2401 Turtle Creek, and we’ll do another one there. We’ve looked at sites towards SMU and are looking at sites in the downtown core, and we’re actively pursuing sites in Uptown. We’re also looking for opportunities at the Design District and the Trinity River.
We’re also looking at Houston and Austin, but so far Dallas is my favorite city in Texas. I’ve been coming to Dallas 10 to 15 times a year for the past three years. My wife and I love the cultural aspect, and we’re involved with charities in town, like TWO x TWO. We go every year.