By Steve Brown / October 13, 2020 / The Dallas Morning News
Planned tower will be new eye candy for Dallas’ Uptown area
Striking high-rise will sparkle on skyline with unique “finned” exterior.
Developer Harwood International has pulled the wraps off the next high-rise on the way just north of downtown Dallas.
The striking Harwood 14 office tower will be built on Harry Hines Boulevard near the Dallas North Tollway.
The 27-story project will be developer Harwood’s tallest office building so far and one of its most dramatic designs.
The outside of the tower will be clad in a unique finned wall system that the developer says is a first for Dallas, Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma & Associates is the design architect for the high-rise, working with Dallas-based architects Corgan and HDF.
The building will have a two-story lobby, open air “pocket gardens” and a 17,000-square-foot rooftop garden. The ground floor will have 16,000 square feet for restaurants.
“We believe that the future tenants will appreciate the strong connections to the outside, with a big park-like terrace on level 12, the outdoor feeling in the lobby and even two viewing balconies higher in the building,” Kengo Kuma, design architect, said in a statement.
“Fresh air and light are essential, and our connection to nature is more important than ever. “We believe that the space can be elegant and enriched by simple things such as beautiful sunlight and materials,” he said. “And with its openness, we believe that the building will be inviting.” Kuma was also the designer of Harwood’s new Rolex tower, which has won acclaim as one of the most ground-breaking additions to Dallas’ booming Uptown area.
The developer plans to break ground on its Harwood 14 building this winter.
The tower will be Harwood’s ninth office tower in its Harwood district located between Victory Park and Uptown.
“We are confident that this tower will exceed our tenants’ expectations and add an iconic new addition to the Harwood District,” said Oliver Barbier-Mueller, managing partner, Harwood International.
The 360,000-square-foot Harwood 14 building has already landed a major tenant. Dallas law firm Haynes and Boone is leasing 125,000 square feet in the tower with plans to move in in late 2023.
Harwood International’s planned building is one of the largest Dallas-area office developments announced during the pandemic. It’s the latest addition to the 19-block Harwood District includes offices, retail and residential space. A new hotel is also under construction in the project.