Kengo Kuma unveils twisted tower for Rolex in Dallas, Texas

Construction is currently underway on a winding tower designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma for Rolex in Dallas, Texas.

The nine-story Rolex building, billed as the first structure in the US city by a Japanese architect, will build a new office for the Swiss watchmaker in the Uptown neighborhood next to another office building built for the brand in 1984.

Kengo Kuma – whose recent projects include the FRAC Marseille arts center and a gilded wood workshop – envisioned a series of offset floor panels that gradually rotate to create the appearance of a twisted building.

With this shape, a number of planted terraces can be created on each floor. Kuma also plans to set up a tree-covered garden on the roof.

Landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama, with whom Kuma is also working on the expansion of the Japanese garden in Portland, will design the gardens with rampart walls, reflecting pools and waterfalls.

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“Environment is an essential concept for the modern experience that incorporates both natural and urban environments,” said Kuma, adding that his goal is to create a building that “combines nature and architecture.”

“This landscaping idea applied to the Rolex building will result in a beautiful urban icon that will fundamentally transform the Dallas cityscape,” he said.

Rolex building by Kengo Kuma

According to property developer Harwood International, the Rolex building will open at the end of 2016. It will be the ninth completed project in the master plan for the 18-block area – also known as Harwood.

The company had previously partnered with Rolex to supply the brand’s 1984 building, which features a distinctive curved glass facade.

“We built the first office building in Uptown and after 30 years Rolex and Harwood International are working together again to build another expansion in our district,” said Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Founder and CEO of Harwood International.

“This development will set a new standard for working life in the US,” he added. “We intend to create an office that offers a unique blend of innovative architecture and gardens that Dallas has never seen before.”

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The building will take up 12,714 square meters of floor space, of which 5,241 square meters (56,422 square meters) will be used for offices.

The architectural firm HDF in Dallas will act as the architect for the project. The company is also working with French architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte on another project for Harwood – the 33-story Bleu Ciel tower.

Other twisted buildings completed in recent years include MAD’s curvy skyscrapers in Mississauga, Canada and SOM’s Helix Tower in Dubai.

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