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Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo courtesy of Dallas Architecture Forum
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA
Dallas Architecture Forum 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions
Photo by Charles Davis Smith, AIA

Modern design enthusiasts get an exclusive look at some of city's most architecturally interesting residences at the 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions presented by Dallas Architecture Forum. On three evenings — April 30, May 15 and June 12 — attendees take part in a cocktail reception, home tour and chat with the design teams responsible for these exceptional properties.

Explore an update to a Bud Oglesby home, a residence built to infuse everyday living with art, and a guest house-slash-gallery commissioned by leading Dallas philanthropists. Attendance is limited to keep the experience as intimate as it is inspirational, and RSVPs are required.

The April 30 and June 12 receptions take place from 6-8 pm, with remarks by the design team at 6:45. The May 15 reception takes place from 5:30-7:30 pm, with remarks by the designers at 6:15.

Cost for two people is $250 for Dallas Architecture Forum members and $300 for nonmembers for all three receptions. The series cost for one person is $150 for members and $175 for nonmembers. Individual tickets are $75 for members and $90 or nonmembers. Tickets may be purchased online starting April 9 on the Dallas Architecture Forum website.

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Visit this gallery/guest house on April 30, where the owners, who are leading Dallas philanthropists and art collectors, house many of their impressive works.

The gallery/guest house — really a collection of structures behind the owners' main residence — was a team effort between architecture firm Booziotis and Company, landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh and interior designer Andrée Putman.

The guest house was built to maximize the art experience. Furnishings are kept to a minimum so as not to detract from the art.

The gallery’s materials, including glass, concrete, Vermont green slate and weathered teak window frames, have been specifically selected to interact with the garden’s plantings and colors.

On May 15, look inside this residence designed by Overland Partners Architects, which infuses art into every corner.

Light is a critical component in the home's scheme. LEDs concealed in coves and linear fluorescent and track lighting fixtures change the quality and quantity of light during the day to mimic natural light as well as illuminate the artwork.

Completed in 2012, the home encompasses more than 12,500 square feet and sits on 1 1/2 acres. It was designed to complement and preserve the natural landscape.

The June 12 reception takes place at a residence designed by renowned architect Bud Oglesby for his sister, who remained in sole possession of the property until it was purchased by the current owners. Chad Dorsey and Emily Summers Design Associates handled the updates.

The renovated home retains the original minimalist design aesthetic as a backdrop for a growing art collection. Crisp white tones on the walls and bleached oak floors keep things light.

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For more information about the 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions, visit the Dallas Architecture Forum website. Tickets  go on sale April 7.

The renovation respects Oglesby's original intent while updating the home for contemporary living.

The home's open layout and exposure to natural light brings the outdoors in. A goal in the redesign was to give the owners greater flexibility for entertaining.

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