Dallas Architecture Forum’s modern living cocktail receptions return for spring 2015, when local modernistas can hang with like-minded enthusiasts at the city’s most architecturally significant homes on May 5, May 19 and June 17. In addition to chatting with the design team, attendees can enjoy sips and snacks while they relish each residence’s unique attributes.
Come and go from 6-8 pm; the design teams give brief remarks around 6:45. Plus: valet. So civilized.
Tuesday, May 5
Greenway Parks Residence
Architect Frank Welch designed this modern residence with traditional touches. At the request of the owners, the home serves as a simple canvas for its art and furnishings.
Rift-cut white oak was used for all doors, cabinets and the front sculptural staircase; Welch calls the finish “crude oil.” Natural and neutral finishes allow the artwork to pop.
Intimate nooks were created for the family’s treasured library of books, as well as for entertaining. A generous Bulthaup kitchen serves as a gathering place for the family and their guests.
Architect: Frank Welch, FAIA; Scott Marek, AIA
Interior design: Laura Lee Clark Falconer, ASID
Landscape design: Robert Bellamy
Tuesday, May 19
Malone Cliff View
This contemporary home, a three-story concrete structure on a West Dallas escarpment, affords spectacular views of the Trinity River corridor and downtown Dallas. There are three primary living zones, capped with hyperbolic paraboloid-shaped concrete roof planes cantilevering out to the north. Clad in stone, the building has a sense of permanence, while significant areas of glass provide amazing views. A dramatic circular staircase connects the various living areas.
Architecture: Bill Booziotis, FAIA; Jess Galloway, AIA; Yi Yiu, AIA; Fred Peña
Interior design: Susie Kay
Landscape architecture: Kevin Sloan, ASLA
Wednesday, June 17
This home emphasizes the indoor-outdoor connection with custom-fabricated, oversized, steel-framed windows. In addition to 17 large live oaks, the site boasts stone terraces and a koi pond that hugs the cantilevered foundation pool court.
The light-colored interior has 9- to 12-foot ceilings for a sense of openness. The modern furnishings complement the owner's collection of sculpture, painting and photography, which is prominently displayed throughout.
Architecture: Bruce Bernbaum, AIA; Patricia Magadini, AIA
Interior design: Patrick McElwee Design, Sees Design
Landscape architecture: Bruce Berger, ASLA; David Hocker, ASLA
Tickets must be purchased in advance. For a series pass for two, cost is $250 for forum members and $300 for non-members. A series pass for one is $150 for members and $175 for non-members. Individual receptions are $75 each for members and $90 for non-members.