May 28, 2014, 3:05pm CDT
Staff Writer- Dallas Business Journal
When I was out and about scouting the site of Harwood International’s latest project — a 33-story luxury high-rise condo tower in the Harwood District adjacent to Uptown — I found a large billboard with blue sky and not much else to allude to the grandiose plans orchestrated by Paris-based architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte.
Wilmotte, through his firm Wilmotte & Associes S.A., has teamed up with Harwood’s internal design team to create the signature building that promises residents a piece of sky in Dallas.
Now, the team marketing the property has sent out a long-awaited rendering of the tower, which will bring an estimated 158 luxury residences to the northwest corner of Wolf and MicKinnon streets. The tower is named Bleu Ciel.
The residences, which will range from 1,300 square feet of space to more than 7,000 square feet, will feature designer-appointed luxury finishes and appliances. The property will include two junior Olympic-size pools with water features, cabanas and poolside kitchens and grills.
Each home will have a substantial terrace for outdoor living at the tower that will sit near the Katy Trail. The tower will have about 12,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, which will feature an urban grocer, juice bar, restaurant and bike shop.
The high-rise, which Harwood founder and CEO Gabriel Barbier-Mueller likes to call “sky-rise,” is expected to create more than 800 jobs in Dallas.
“We will also be utilizing local vendors to carry out the development’s design as well as hire associates to handle the amenities and services side of Bleu Ciel,” he said, in a previous interview.
Construction on Bleu Ciel is scheduled to begin this fall.