The contemporary apartment tower goes to great lengths not to cast shadows on the neighboring sculpture garden

It all started with a name: Atelier.

The French word for atelier or artist’s studio was given to the 41-story, 417-unit apartment tower built in a Texas neighborhood teeming with museums housing the works of prominent artists, including Jackson Pollack and Vincent Van Gogh.

The tower opened last year in the Dallas Arts District, the nation’s largest contiguous arts district. Spread over 118 acres, it has more buildings designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects than any other in the world.

The neighborhood – on the northeast corner of downtown – includes the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Meyerson Symphony Center, Crow Museum of Asian Art, and Moody Performance Hall, with a few remaining plots of land to develop commercial buildings.

Designing an apartment tower in such a prestigious area was daunting, said Atelier’s lead project architect.

“At first it was a little daunting to learn about all the great art in the neighborhood and all the fantastic design companies that have contributed to the neighborhood,” Andrew Burnett, Stantec’s senior manager at the office, told CoStar News. Corporate Miami. “It was humbling to be a part of it. But, right away, you start to remember that all art starts that way.”

The Atelier hall was designed as an art gallery. (Costar)

Workshop is a contemporary addition to the city’s northern skyline, with an exterior design in neutral tones to avoid competing with the art in and around the building, Burnett said. The first floor of the structure is a public art gallery that can host events and art exhibits.

The design was important to the project’s developer, ZOM Living, to avoid disrupting nearby art exhibits, said ZOM Living CEO Greg West.

“The angles of the Atelier Tower windows and the notched step of the building are designed to draw sunlight away from the Nasher Sculpture Garden and prevent any shadows from casting onto the museum during working hours, as the museum’s translucent roof has designed to perfectly filter natural light in the best way to showcase art,” West said.

The care given by Based in Orlando, Florida ZOM Living for not disrupting the art of surrounding buildings comes more than a decade after a nearby condo tower came under heavy criticism. A glare from the museum’s tower covered in highly reflective glass, which was built in 2011, damaged parts of the Nasher Sculpture Garden, which includes a stone and glass building designed by Renzo Piano and an outdoor garden that the Vanity Fair magazine called it one of the most admired small museums.

The City of Dallas changed its building code in 2013 on glass to ensure something similar never happened again. Even so, the glare of the museum tower still exists today and continues to have a negative effect about the Nasher Sculpture Galleries, representatives from the Nasher Sculpture Center told the Dallas Morning News.

Inside the Nasher Sculpture Center in downtown Dallas. (Wikimedia Commons)

L’Atelier began in 2018 and was completed in 2021 after overcoming many challenges with the narrow development site overlooking a major freeway off-ramp as well as delays due to various lockdowns during the pandemic. Developers also had to keep the Woodall Rodgers Freeway off-ramp, which divides the workshop and museum tower, operational for vehicles, West said, adding to the complexity of the project.

Meanwhile, the residential tower lobby now benefits people who come to the Dallas Arts District, including museum visitors, corporate workers and downtown residents. The tower is almost 90% occupied.

When the Atelier was completed, it marked the first location in Dallas for the operations of hotel startup Mint House. But now Mint House, a company seeking to bridge the gap between the hotel experience and the comforts of a luxury apartment, is move operations to Dallas from luxury residential tower to a building yet to be disclosed.

Atelier’s designers aimed for resort-style amenities. (Costar)

Atelier apartments range from 500 square feet to 2,300 square feet, with views of Klyde Warren Park, as well as Uptown and Downtown. The property includes 53 loft-style apartments, as well as 364 high-rise units.

The tower’s 11th-floor amenity deck features an infinity pool with custom slatted cabanas, an outdoor lounge with grills and dining areas, plus a bar, lawn yoga and a fire pit. Inside the tower there is a high-end fitness center, office space with private conference rooms, wine racks, entertainment lounge, pet spa and kitchen of restoration. The tower also has a resident take-out market for tenants.

The Atelier project team sought to bring simplicity to the design of the residential tower.

“Architecture can be transcendent and everyday things can become exceptional things if you understand them and celebrate those simple moments in life,” Burnett said.


Name of Building: Workshop
Building size: 1,052,130 square feet
Owner: ZOM Living, based in Orlando, Florida, in partnership with subsidiaries of Daiwa House Texas and Itochu Corp.
Building location: 1801 N. Pearl St. in Dallas
Full appointments: 2021
General contractor: Balfour Beatty
building architect: Stantec

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