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Old June 29th, 2005, 11:22 AM   #1
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Philippe Starck designs Condos in DALLAS-VICTORY PARK

Designer Starck plans Victory condos

Frenchman says he'll bring 'global view' to 150-unit high-rise

11:33 PM CDT on Monday, June 27, 2005

By STEVE BROWN / The Dallas Morning News

The last time Philippe Starck made a splash in Dallas, he opened a nightclub during the go-go 1980s real estate boom.

London developer John Hitchcox (left) and Philippe Starck plan to collaborate with a Boston architecture firm on a 26-story residential building at Victory called the House. So it's only fitting that the French designer is back to play a part in Dallas' current craze – high-rise condos.

On Monday, Mr. Starck talked about his plans for the House, a 26-story, 150-unit residential tower in Uptown's Victory project.

Mr. Starck promises that $80 million project won't be a beige box.

"I can bring something unique from around the world," said Mr. Starck, 56, who is also doing residential buildings in Boston, New York and Miami with his partner, 43-year-old London developer John Hitchcox.

"The people in the U.S. have a small view of the global market. I am the global view."

That view will come with an average price tag of more than $500,000.

The developers have already begun taking reservations at $5,000 a pop.

Mr. Starck's condo tower will be built in partnership with developer Hillwood on Lamar Street at the south end of the Victory project.

It's the latest in a string of recent announcements in the 75-acre project, owned by Hillwood and Hicks Holdings Inc.

Hillwood wanted Yoo Ltd., Mr. Starck and Mr. Hitchcox's design firm, to give buyers something unique, said Jonas Woods, president of Hillwood Capital.

"We will have a very different offering in each residential building," Mr. Woods said. "The design of the House and character of it will be very different from anything Dallas has ever seen."

But we'll have to wait a few months for a detailed look.

Boston architecture firm Elkus Manfredi is designing the exterior, and Mr. Starck will collaborate with architect Howard Elkus on the plans, according to Hillwood. Yoo will design the interiors.

"We plan to break ground in the first quarter," Mr. Woods said.

The Dallas condos will range from 1,000 to about 3,500 square feet.

Amenities planned for the building include a swimming pool, lounge, business center, guest apartments and 24-hour concierge.

All of Yoo's projects come with a big slice of Mr. Starck's eye-popping style – whether in the building lobbies or – if the buyers choose – complete residential interiors.

"Other people at the same price give concrete and steel," Mr. Starck said. "For us, we give dreams.

"People who chose to have an apartment made by me expect something special."

Who's Yoo

Mr. Hitchcox said he met Mr. Starck about seven years ago while working on a residential project in Paris. "I had been building lofts in London and we had been doing a lot of design-oriented development, and I knocked on his door."

They struck up a friendship and eventually started designing projects ranging from small historic renovations in Boston to 40-story towers in Tel Aviv.

Yoo has built residential projects in cities including Melbourne, Boston, Moscow, Tel Aviv, Miami, Buenos Aries, Hong Kong, Seoul, New York, Madrid and Vienna. Most of its projects are done in partnership with other developers or investors.

"What's interesting in America is how quickly this business has taken off and the appetite for good design," Mr. Hitchcox said.

The prices and sizes of Yoo's projects are just as diverse.

"We have apartments in Melbourne that are $80,000 each," Mr. Hitchcox said. "Our apartments in New York sold for $8 million.

"You can put three of our apartments in Hong Kong into one of our apartments in Miami."

Back to the Wild West

Mr. Starck has a special relationship with Dallas that goes back more than 20 years.

When he opened his West End nightclub in 1984, Dallas got a disco that attracted worldwide attention. Just getting in the door of the Starck Club was a challenge – because of both the crowds and door screeners who made sure only the right folks gained admittance.

"I was known because of my success in Texas," said Mr. Starck, who lived in Dallas for almost a year. "It was a big adventure.

"It was the Wild West here, and I was not disappointed – it was wild."

More 'charming'

Today, he says, Dallas is more "charming and polite" than it was in the disco days.

The condo market here is also different than it is on the two coasts, he says.

"Dallas is the center of America," Mr. Starck said. "To work in the center of America is interesting."

The demand for Mr. Starck's work in the U.S. is growing, according to his development partner.

"At the moment, there seems to be a huge appetite for what we are doing on a scale that surprises us," Mr. Hitchcox said.

"This building is going to be full of people who were 20-somethings 20 years ago when Philippe had his nightclub here."

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What: The House is a 26-story, 150-unit luxury condo tower planned for Uptown's Victory project.

Where: At the south end of Victory at Lamar and Houston streets.

When: Buyers can reserve units in the building for $5,000. The House is scheduled to be designed by the fall, and construction will start in first-quarter 2006.

Who: A project of French designer Philippe Starck and Yoo Ltd., the London development company headed by John Hitchcox. Victory developer Hillwood is the majority partner in the Dallas condo tower.

For more information: www.thehousebystarck.com and www.yooarehere.com

SOURCES: Hillwood; Yoo
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Citing Strong Economic Impact on City, Ross Perot Jr. And Hillwood Executives Unveil Details for Hotel, Residences, Office Space, Shopping And Entertainment

DALLAS, May 10 -- Ross Perot Jr., chairman of Hillwood, one of the top real estate developers in the United States, today kicked into high gear the company's latest large-scale urban construction project by unveiling detailed plans and timetables for Victory Park, the $450-million Phase II of Victory, the $3+ billion, 75 acre mixed-use development project in downtown Dallas.

Citing a strong positive impact on the City, Perot, joined by Hillwood president Jonas Woods and Dallas City Council member and Mayor Pro Tem John Loza, who has championed Victory locally, displayed a model of the project and announced an all-star roster of partners.

These range from some of the country's best-known commercial architects to award-winning restaurateur Tom Colicchio, winner of the "James Beard Best Chef New York" award and creator of highly acclaimed restaurants in New York and Las Vegas, and Dallas' own fashion entrepreneur Ort Varona.

Victory Park will feature six buildings comprising a mix of high-end urban residential, retail, indoor and outdoor recreation facilities, modern and technologically advanced office space and an upscale hotel. In all, the Victory district represents one of the country's most ambitious urban redevelopment projects -- over 4,000 new urban residences and a total of 12 million square feet of space, including approximately 4 million square feet of office and retail space.

The project began in 1998 with the careful remediation of a formerly unusable inner-city brownfield site and the construction of the highly successful $420 million American Airlines Center, home of the Dallas Mavericks and Dallas Stars. Phase II is expected to be completed by 2008, with most of the construction projects estimated to come on line in 2006.

"Dallas is one of the most vibrant cities in the nation, and Victory is poised to invigorate the region with a revolutionary concept in community design," said Perot. "Victory will provide additional sophisticated housing, retail and dining options for Dallas residents and visitors and will be an economic boon for the City."

"Victory's distinct design and unique offerings will attract national attention and major business growth," agreed Loza. "The Hillwood team has proven their commitment to the City by transforming what was a blighted area into a new urban destination."

According to Hillwood, tax revenue (sales, hotel and property) generated by Victory to the City of Dallas, (excluding the city-owned American Airlines Center) is estimated to be $9.8 million annually. Phase II and III are expected to employ 2,000 construction-related workers and create 3,000 permanent jobs. When Hillwood purchased the land in 1998 it had an estimated value of $16 million. By the end of 2008, the completion of Phase III, Hillwood is estimating the value to be $900 million, a 5,500 percent increase.

In outlining details of the Phase II Victory Park development, Hillwood's president called attention to the caliber of associates involved. "Victory Park will consist of an exceptional combination of retail, business, technology, dining and entertainment that will revolutionize Dallas' inner city life," Woods said. "In addition to internationally acclaimed architects and designers involved in the project, such as HKS, Inc., SWA, Orne + Associates, GD&A, Kohn Pederson Fox, Shopworks, Elkus Manfredi, MorrisonSeifertMurphy, Cadwallader Design, ZERO3 and BOKA Powell Associates, as well as Colicchio and Varona, collaborators include Hillwood co-developers Gatehouse Capital and Hicks Holdings LLC in the W Hotel & Residences, the N9NE Group, originator of Las Vegas' famed Ghostbar, and high profile investors such as Donnie Nelson and Michael Finley of the Dallas Mavericks, will make Victory Park one of the most sought after places to live, work, shop and dine," Woods added.

In total, Victory Park's retail space will include nine restaurants: Craft, an offshoot of the New York original that won "Best New Restaurant in America" from the James Beard Foundation, and 'wichcraft also by Colicchio; N9NE Steakhouse, the ultra-lounge Ghostbar and another state-of-the-art nightclub and NOVE, a modern Italian restaurant, all by the N9NE Group; Kenichi, serving pan-Asian cuisine; Luna De Noche, a Tex-Mex grill, and the Victory Tavern. Cutting-edge retail stores will include Ort Varona's 20,000 square-foot LIFT -- with unique storefronts by J. Lindeberg, Adriano Goldschmied (AG) and Global by Ted Baker -- and Fred Perry, G-Star, Future Sports (also by J. Lindeberg) and Quicksilver free-standing stores.

Ground-breaking has already taken place for the first building to open in Victory Park -- the $180-million W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences, a 251- room hotel property with 61 and 83 high-rise homes in two towers, including signature private residences on the top floors of two towers, a 5,000-foot Bliss spa, pool and fitness facilities and retail shops. Other components opening in 2006 include Victory Plaza, a two-building complex of approximately 200,000 square feet of distinctive retail and office space adjacent to the American Airlines Center. Victory Plaza at the American Airlines Center will feature an unprecedented outdoor media installation featuring the most sophisticated high-definition LED technology currently available in the world.

Also under construction and opening in 2006 will be The Terrace, a 95-unit seven-story condominium situated on The Park, an urban oasis for recreation and relaxation, and The Vista, with 125 upscale rental residences and 25,000 square feet of retail space. The Icon, destined to become one of the country's premier rental properties, with 260 apartments and hotel-style services and amenities on a par with the finest private homes, will open in 2007.

Phase III of Victory is expected to include three more new buildings, including One Victory Tower, at 45 stories and 600 feet high, the tallest residential structure in Texas. Designed by the international architecture firm Kohn Pederson Fox, it will feature 130 condominium residences. One Victory Tower will be joined by a 25-story residential building with 150 units and 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and 2200 Victory Avenue, with 300,000 square feet of office and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, designed by Dallas-based BOKA Powell.

The Victory district also will incorporate a cutting-edge integrated technology system, creating a wireless district, a dedicated "Media Network" to support broadcast programming, zoned music and audio and live feed capability.

A one-acre public park also has been committed for outdoor recreation and art displays throughout the year and a new Museum of Nature and Science is planned on land purchased from Hillwood. In addition, the Victory development team has helped to fund the revitalization of Dallas' celebrated Katy Trail, a linear exercise path connecting Victory Park to the neighborhood of Highland Park.
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Old June 29th, 2005, 11:37 AM   #3
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starck is a genius..............
totally cool person.......
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The interiors are going to be INCRDIBLE. Starck is a genius.
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The building looks ok from this perspective, I reserve judgement for such a famous name till I see more though. Looks interesting. and Good Marketing Buzz.
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Old July 4th, 2005, 11:11 AM   #8
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Starck is a genius for the inside of a house.
The outside of this building is average.
I would want to see him work with Calatrave on a building.
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go stark..............
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Looking forward to seeing the interiors!
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looks like Chuck Norris up there! Perfect person to hawk condos in Texas in my opinion.
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I think Starck is a very good designer.
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Old July 5th, 2005, 08:02 PM   #13
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Doesn't really look like a Starck~style design to me...it's rather normal
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^If it was a Starck design, it might be, but he's doing the interior styling and gardens.

That stainless steel will kill someone in Dallas if it was too hot in LA. Ants!
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Doesn't really look like a Starck~style design to me...it's rather normal
Wait for those interiors a juicy salif in the kitchen , his microsoft mouse in the study and The Starck 3 range in the bathroom ... all so exciting
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The exteriors certainly seem rather pedestrian.
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the lastest renderings for THE HOUSE

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Looks good! A lot better then his weird ass watches.
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Great looking tower, quite handsome. Int Starck also designed one twin towers in Tel Aviv?
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looks quite common from the outside, can imagine the interiors will be less subtle
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