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400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby Austin55 » 24 Jan 2018 16:42

Huge apologies if this has already been posted. Searched but didnt find anything.

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https://merriman-maa.com/work-posts/houseman/

258,000+ gross-square-foot building in the heart of Dallas’ urban core
Uniquely large size addresses the growing need for housing and parking in the city with 22 levels of residential space and 10 levels of parking
Includes a rooftop pool and unparalleled views
Small floor plates are complemented by a delicate 22-story energy-efficient curtain-wall system wrapping 3 façades
4,000 gross square feet of ground-floor retail and 210 parking spaces service 190 residential units

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby maconahey » 24 Jan 2018 17:25

Nice find!

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby eburress » 24 Jan 2018 17:44

Indeed! That's freaking awesome! I really hope this is something that's actually happening.

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby Tnexster » 24 Jan 2018 18:46

I remember these renderings from a year or two ago, thought it was a dead project but maybe it isn't?

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby Alex Rodriguez » 25 Jan 2018 07:32

So they would demolish the existing building and the skybridge and build this. Interesting. Thats a really tiny triangle shaped piece of property. Small floor plates would be an understatement.

Also, they don't show the skybridge in the rendering, but I'm wondering who owns it. It's integrated into the FBC Garage and flies over the FBC School playground.

Lots of sausage making going on behind the scenes to get this one across the finish line I'm sure.

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby lakewoodhobo » 25 Jan 2018 09:56

I'd like to see this one built, but I'm afraid it's just on Merriman Anderson's portfolio to say "hey, we don't just renovate old buildings we can do new construction too."

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 25 Jan 2018 12:31

Yeah, renderings like this show up on the architecture firm website after one of two reasons. The project is dead but they wanna show proof that they can do that kind of work OR the project is completed or almost completed and they want people to know it's their work. Architecture firms don't tend to post renderings like this when the project isn't even making the press for being underdevelopment. The clients want full control of the media coverage by selecting who gets the visuals and when.

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Re: 400 N Akard / Houseman

Postby dfwcre8tive » 26 Jan 2018 00:45

Alex Rodriguez wrote:
Also, they don't show the skybridge in the rendering, but I'm wondering who owns it. It's integrated into the FBC Garage and flies over the FBC School playground.



The Bullington-Akard Skywalk, owned/maintained by the City of Dallas (which is why it's in a poor state and slowly deteriorating). Lots of potential for that to be a better pedestrian corridor. The pocket park was leased to FBC a few years ago.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dfwcre8tive/3567743167

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Downtown - Merriman

Postby clcrash19 » 05 Feb 2018 08:31

https://merriman-maa.com/work-posts/houseman/


Has this project been mentioned yet on the forum... would be great downtown infill

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Re: Downtown - Merriman

Postby eburress » 05 Feb 2018 08:35

It has but there's not a thread for it as far as I know. It seems like an unlikely-but-great project. Hopefully it does happen.

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Re: Downtown - Merriman

Postby Alex Rodriguez » 05 Feb 2018 08:53

Yes already a thread. viewtopic.php?f=2&t=404

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Re: Downtown - Merriman

Postby tamtagon » 05 Feb 2018 10:08

well, i merged the threads, but meant to keep 400 N Akard/Housemen as the title, but havent figured out how to change the title. that should be totally easy, right?

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Re: Downtown - Merriman

Postby Tivo_Kenevil » 05 Feb 2018 10:14

I don't think this is a real project.

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Re: Downtown - Merriman

Postby tamtagon » 05 Feb 2018 10:23

For some reason, I think Houseman Building has had two or three other proposed redos since the forum started tracking such things....

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Re: Downtown - Merriman

Postby cowboyeagle05 » 05 Feb 2018 12:54

This rendering was probably produced by the current owners so they could market the property to new buyers as a future development site. They may have been trying to sell it already without this and had no buyers who saw enough value with the current building. So instead you pay a firm like Merriman to produce a sort of case study example of what new owners could potentially envision for the land the building sits on.


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