New Rolex Building in Dallas

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New Rolex Building

Japanese Architecture in Texas – design by Kengo Kuma And Associates

12 Aug 2015

New Rolex Building in Dallas

Design: Kengo Kuma And Associates

International real estate firm Harwood International broke ground on its latest development with Rolex. This addition to HI’s vast portfolio of developments and its three master planned communities underlines the importance of the Company’s long term growth strategy. The Rolex Building will open winter 2016, becoming the ninth development in the 18-city block master-planned district of HARWOOD.

New Rolex Building

“We built the first office building in Uptown, and after 30 years, Rolex and Harwood International are partnering once again to build another addition in our district,” said Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, founder and CEO, Harwood International. “This development will set a new standard for work life in the U.S. We intend on creating an office that will feature a unique blend of innovative architecture and gardens that Dallas has never seen before.”

The Rolex Building is being designed in collaboration with Dallas-based HDF, LLC and Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma & Associates. This iconic seven-story building features 136,857 square feet, including 56,422 square feet of office spaces. Curated environments designed by world-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama include a Japanese inspired tiered garden featuring rampart stone walls at the base of the building with reflecting pools and cascading waterfalls spilling over the sides. A motor court is nestled within gardens and pedestrian friendly sidewalks which tie the site to the gardens of Saint Ann Court and across to the existing Rolex building.

“Environment is an essential concept for the modern experience, incorporating both natural and urban surroundings,” said Kengo Kuma. “I wanted to design a building in Dallas with Harwood International that fuses nature and architecture. This landscape-building idea applied to The Rolex Building will result in a beautiful urban-organic icon that will fundamentally change the Dallas cityscape.”

Kuma holds a Ph.D. in Architecture and has won the Architectural Institute of Japan Award and was made an Officier de L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. Notable projects include the Suntory Museum of Art in Tokyo, Bamboo Wall House in China, LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy) Group’s Japan headquarters, Besançon Art Center in France, and one of the largest spas in the Caribbean for Mandarin Oriental Dellis Cay.

“Dallas is known for its award-winning architecture but there are no buildings to date in the City designed by a Japanese architect,” said Barbier-Mueller.

The original building will be named One HARWOOD, signifying the first development in the
history of Harwood International. This attractive building has been a Dallas landmark since its doors
opened in 1984 as Uptown Dallas’ first office building. Rolex is expanding its offices from two
floors of the original building to its owner-use build to-suit.

“We not only build to last, but we build relationships that are long-term,” said Barbier-Mueller. “Many companies within our district have grown with us, including Frost Bank and Polsinelli.”

HDF, LLC is the architect of record for construction and Rolex space programming services, and image
branding by Rolex Geneva. Building on the successes of Harwood International in creating exemplary
developments, HDF, LLC is a full-service architectural firm dedicated to delivering the best in world-class
design, sustainability, planning, and construction solutions. HDF collaborates with some of the most
internationally acclaimed architects (Jean-Michel Wilmotte, James KM Cheng, Michael Graves, and
Kengo Kuma), creating a class of buildings and restaurants, including Frost Tower and Bleu Ciel, the
latest additions to HARWOOD.

“HDF, LLC is transforming our district of 18 city blocks into a unique corner of Europe in the U.S. for
tenants, residents, and visitors,” Barbier-Mueller adds. HCMS, a construction management services firm led by Jeff Smith and Oliver Barbier-Mueller, will be in charge of procurement and hiring various contractors and coordinating all general contracting needs for the project.

The Rolex Building is located in HARWOOD, the fastest growing district in the U.S. With a Walk Score
of 92, HARWOOD offers a wealth of progressive culture, independent spirit and calming nature – all
within 18 city blocks. Tenants will be in walking distance to the city’s most notable attractions
including the Katy Trail, American Airlines Center, The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The
Samurai Collection, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Saint Ann Restaurant & Bar, Mercat Bistro, Magnolias Café,
Marie Gabrielle Restaurant and Gardens, The Grove at Harwood, and the Dallas Arts District.
About Harwood International Harwood International is an international real estate
firm with offices and developments in select niche markets including Beverly Hills, Dallas, Geneva,
London’s West End, Paris, and Zurich. The company is recognized globally as a purveyor for building the
finest developments in terms of design, location, and quality while creating cultural experiences within
them that are beyond exceptional.

Harwood International is best known for transforming the Uptown Dallas neighborhood into the acclaimed district of HARWOOD featuring premier class AA office, luxury residential, and retail space set within a park-like campus with gardens and art-filled lobbies. HARWOOD will continue to grow to include over $3 billion in office, retail and residential development.

Harwood International’s leadership is based on its world-class experience, name-brand architecture,
exacting finishes and a focus on energy efficiency and green space. The company has received numerous
design and community awards, including recognition Press Release | Harwood International © 2015
by the EPA for creating the most energy efficient building in the nation. Around the world, Harwood International has developed and managed more than 20 major facilities including 46 St. James’s Place, Cleveland House, and 32 St James’s Square in London’s West End as well as the Beverly Hills Rolex Building in California. Please visit www.harwoodinternational.com for more information.
About Rolex

Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.

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