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Located in the center of the world-renowned Dallas Arts District, the KPMG Plaza at Hall Arts is designed to energize the nucleus of the arts district with an office building that provides interconnectivity at street level, activated by restaurants and nightlife.
The 5-acre mixed-use, three-phase development on two full city blocks is designed by HKS, Inc. The project incorporates the 18-story, 500,000-square-foot KPMG Plaza office building with 20,000 square feet of premium restaurant space and an adjacent half-acre public park, named Texas Sculpture Walk.
“It’s all about the pedestrian experience,” said Eddie Abeyta, AIA, LEED AP, principal, HKS, Inc. “As a whole, Hall Arts is designed to enhance and uphold the progressive architectural vision for the Dallas Arts District with a simple yet sophisticated and elegant aesthetic that will successfully unite commerce and culture.
“Being part of the Hall Arts development team and serving as the project’s design architect is a unique opportunity to be part of a larger vision,” Abeyta added. “This prime development is surrounded by iconic architectural structures, four designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architects.”
The office building’s main entrance is located on Ross Avenue with the majority of the restaurant space fronting Flora Street directly across from Sammons Park, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Winspear Opera House. Designed to provide an active plaza for The Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe Catholic Church next door, the building’s steps cascade out to Crockett Street and Ross Avenue, encouraging people to engage and interact.
The lobby, facing Crockett Street, provides a transparent connection to the Arts District. The 20,000-square-foot public lobby is designed as a crisp, white museum space with extensive natural light. Emphasis is placed on a dramatic piece of artwork by artist Richard Long. The night-lit painting creates a dramatic visual for passersby. Exposed concrete columns add a natural element to the space, while a floating ceiling plane helps to draw the viewer’s eye through the space, enhancing the dramatic view to the heart of the Arts District.
The office tower overlooks a terraced lawn and elevated plaza, with a full-service kitchen and bar, which can be used for special events. Below the plaza are two restaurants located at street level — including Stephen Pyles’ Flora Street Café, which fronts the Arts District on Flora Street.
Hall Arts enhances the arts district with its own unique sense of place. Much more than a complex of buildings, this project is a destination. The half-acre Texas Sculpture Walk serves as a civic gesture to the citizens of Dallas and is a gateway, bridging the connection between the Arts District and Central Business District in downtown Dallas. The sculpture walk — softened by trees, indigenous plantings and a cascading waterfall — hosts unique artwork from Texas-based artists.
As an extension of the KMPG Plaza office development, a phase-two luxury residential tower and boutique hotel will be an integral part of the overall master plan, residing next to the Texas Sculpture Walk. Phase three further expands the footprint of the core Central Business District with a full city-block mixed-use development located across Ross Avenue, enhancing livability and walkability of the city. Hall Arts will continue to embrace and incorporate artwork, water features and landscaped green areas throughout the development to tie the phases together in look and feel while complementing the style and beauty of the neighborhood.
HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $83 billion in more than 1,742 cities located in 88 countries. The firm operates from 24 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at email@example.com.