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AC Hotel + Residence Inn Dallas by the Galleria

5-story, 256-key, 252,976 SF, hotel and event space

5460 James Temple Drive, Dallas, Texas 75240

Program

Hotel, 253,000 SF

  Room, 256-key

  Amenity, 23,500 SF

  Conference, 7,900 SF

Parking Garage, 83,600 SF

  Space, 267-car

Build

New Construction

Client

Civitas Capital Group

Marriott International

Service

Architect

Interior Designer

The AC Hotel at the Galleria catalyzes a progressive architectural tone for the imminent 4-billion-dollar redevelopment of the Dallas Midtown district and Dallas at large. Anchoring a future 5-acre central park, the dual-branded hotel merges the AC Hotels’ Spanish architectural sensibility with Dallas’ pragmatic urbanism. Simply conceived as a lightweight latticework that levitates above the hotel’s public space, the facade’s faceted planes evolve under the diffusive north light throughout the day. The lattice serves up an architectural lingerie that scantily clads the transparent lobby and lounge between the public pedestrian realm and the lush, bamboo-lined pool courtyard. It splays down to the street level, engaging with passing pedestrians to encourage interaction with the architecture along the interstitial exterior space between it and the lobby. The design relies on a precisely fabricated metal rainscreen cladding system which requires a high degree of manual fabrication skills. Careful attention was spent on the depth and angle of each piece as a singular element and their intricate transitions with the rainscreen tile panels, progressing the material language across the façade.

Layered ceiling planes in the public space bring warmth to the expansive 'Dallas Midtown's Living Room' and suggestively subdivide the zones of social interaction. In daytime, the lobby and lounge are one contiguous limpid space that feels as an extension of the streetscape and the courtyard. During the evening, it's a warm-cast voluminous space with views out to the urban night scene and the internal pool party.

The 253,000 sq. ft project includes the 140-key AC Hotel and a 116-key Residence Inn that meet at the north end and split off around the central courtyard on opposite sides. The surrounding area is made up of multifamily projects and office buildings, to which the AC Hotel + Residence Inn makes up a comfortable middle ground in this medium-density Midtown neighborhood. The hotel is steps away from the famous Galleria, with retail and dining options galore.

5G Studio Collaborative’s AC Hotels Dallas by the Galleria won The American Architecture Awards 2019, the nation’s highest and most prestigious distinguished public building awards program given by a non-commercial, non-trade affiliated, public arts, culture, and educational institution.

Awards

2019 American Architecture Awards

2019 Texas Society of Architects Design Awards

2018 IIDA Texas/Oklahoma Chapter Design Excellence Awards, Best in City Center – Dallas

Publications

World Architecture Review, Cover Vol. 37 No. 203 / 2022


Texas Architect, May 2019

"2019 Design Awards: AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria" award-winning project profile


Facades+ Dallas, July 2021

“A New Modernism”, presentation of façade design in the Premier Conference on High-Performance enclosures organized by The Architect’s Newspaper


Metal Architecture, August 2022

“Architectural Disruption: 5G Studio Collaborative aims to disrupt local Dallas architectural scene” Marcy Marro


Travel Pulse, February 2021

“Texas Hotels Fill Up During Winter Storms” Scott Laird


ArchDaily / Plataforma Arquitectura / Archello, 2020

"AC Hotel Dallas by the Galleria"


The Dallas Morning News, April 2018

“Head-turning designs are a signature for Dallas architect firm” Steve Brown


The Dallas Morning News, March 2018

“Building is getting a boost in the tollway corridor near the Galleria” Steve Brown


Azure Magazine, March 2020

“Sintered Stone Lends Depth and Dimension to a Dallas Hotel”


NEWH Magazine, 2018

“Midtown Style: Ink + Oro goes for understated elegance in a new Dallas AC Hotels outpost” Alia Akkam


Dallas Style & Design, 2018

“Brand Fusion”


Dallas Business Journal, February 2017

“How this new Dallas Midtown hotel group managed the city’s form-based code” Candace Carlisle

Quotes

“Drivers cutting through the neighborhood just east of Dallas’ Galleria complex are doing a double take at a new building. And eye-popping modern building is a big change from the aging apartment communities and car dealerships that have set the tone for the area just north of LBJ freeway.”

Steve Brown, Dallas Morning News Real Estate Editor, in the introduction to his article “Building is getting a boost in the tollway corridor near the Galleria”



“We are dealing with a basic layer of glass, but this was an example of how to get a glass façade to have more expressiveness. It was noticeably different and testing new territory that needs to be looked at.”

Chris-Annmarie Spencer, AIA Principal of Wheeler Kearns Architects, remarks on the AC Hotel façade in awarding the Texas society of Architects design awards


“The boutique hotel at one end of Dallas Midtown will help set the tone for the entire 430-acre proposed mix-use development in North Dallas.”

Candace Carlisle, Dallas Business Journal Senior Reporter on North Texas Real Estate, notes in “How this new Dallas Midtown hotel group managed the city’s form-based code” on Dallas Midtown District

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