Tuesday, June 10, 2014

New Condo Project to Transform Dallas Skyline

Ble Ciel will feature terraces of
 nearly 7,500 square feet
DALLAS—Dallas residents now have the opportunity to “own a piece of the sky” as Dallas-based global developer and investor Harwood International will break ground on Bleu Ciel this fall. The new luxury high-rise condominium tower located in the heart of Dallas’ fast-growing district of Harwood will include 158 luxury residences. Each sky-rise home offers “Above All Else” views expanded by floor-to-ceiling glass with outdoor fireplaces. Bleu Ciel presents sky-rise living with outdoor living. Residences will include enormous terraces reaching nearly 7,500 square feet.

“Dallas is ready for another iconic architectural masterpiece to follow buildings by major international architects from the UK, Italy, and Holland,” says Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Founder and CEO of Harwood International. “Bleu Ciel is located at the highest vantage point overlooking Uptown and Downtown Dallas and is Dallas’ first high-rise designed by a French architect.”

Barbier-Mueller tells GlobeSt.com that choosing the right architect wasn’t difficult. “We’ve knownJean-Michel Wilmotte for many years and he’s a great contribution to Paris, Venice, and other areas around the world. We felt that this site was perfect for Jean-Michel’s beacon of light and Above-All-Else design and amenities. Be it in Paris, Saint-Tropez, London, or Qatar, Jean-Michel’s style and architectural elegance elevates a building to new heights.”

Bleu Ciel is designed in collaboration with Jean-Michel Wilmotte and HDF, LLCWilmotte & Associés SA has a major presence in public buildings, retail, office, corporate headquarters, high-end residential buildings, and luxury hotels. Wilmotte is recognized for his eclectic approach to architectural design and application of high quality materials and detailing. Notable projects include the Ferrari Sporting Management Center, Maranello-Fiorano; La Réserve, Ramatuelle; LVMH’s headquarters, Paris; Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris; and Musée d'Orsay, Paris. In 2014 Wilmotte & Associes SA ranked 74 in the World Architecture 100, Building Design magazine’s compendium of the world’s biggest practices, thus cementing its reputation as one of the most important global architecture practices.

Bleu Ciel is located in Harwood, the ‘Walk to Life’ neighborhood with a Walk Score of 92 that offers a wealth of progressive culture, independent spirit and calming nature, all within 18 city blocks. Bleu Ciel residents will be within walking distance to the city’s most notable attractions including a mix of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment destinations such as the Katy Trail, American Airlines Center, The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Design District and the Arts District.

“Wilmotte & Associés S.A. and Harwood International are equally proud to enhance such a prominent site with this beacon of architecture,” says Barbier-Mueller.  “This sky-rise will offer residents unrivaled 360 degree views from the spacious terraces which will be among the largest in the U.S.”

Standing adjacent to Harwood’s 31-story Azure condominium tower, which opened in 2007, Bleu Ciel residences will feature floor plans offering two and three bedroom homes. Priced from the high $600,000s, these residences will range in size from 1,300 to more than 7,000 square feet. The interiors will feature designer appointed luxury finishes and premium appliances.

“Dallas has experienced the highest growth rate in the U.S. and continues to attract international and domestic newcomers who expect a world-class lifestyle,” says Barbier-Mueller. “This international lifestyle also appeals to the growing number of Dallasites who wish to experience the Walk to Life and the billion dollar cultural ‘art-chitecture’ monuments within a short stroll of Bleu Ciel.”

The ground level of Bleu Ciel will feature over 12,000 square feet of unique amenities, including an urban grocery, restaurant, juice bar, and a bike shop. The podium gardens and retail level plaza will be nestled within curated environments designed by world-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama of the Portland Japanese Garden.

Barbier-Mueller says the largest obstacle to the project was: “Digging out 100,000 cubic yards of rock excavation material to make room for the five levels of private garages within the underground parking garage for residents of Bleu Ciel. This will allow Bleu Ciel to rise 33 stories to accommodate two junior Olympic pools, spa, fitness center, grocery store, and other luxurious amenities for its 158 residences.”

 Kristian Seemeyer GlobeSt.com