The first phase of the Residences at the Ritz-Carlton, Dallas, consists of a buff-colored brick and limestone tower detailed in a simplified Regency style conceived as an extension and updating of the well-known Crescent complex, designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1985. The base of the building accommodates hotel amenities to include a spa, a pool, a restaurant, and a 10,000-square-foot ballroom. The cruciform plan of the tower creates an iconic form on the skyline while providing variety and views for the 70 condominium units— ranging from one-bedroom apartments to penthouse duplexes, each with its own balcony—located atop the hotel's 217 guest rooms. Separate entrances and lobbies for the hotel and for the residences establish a distinct identity for each component.
The success of the hotel tower led to the design of a second residential tower housing 96 condominium units—connected by skybridge to the hotel—as well as four four-story townhouses with individual entrances on Olive Street. These second-phase buildings embrace an outdoor swimming pool and gardens; residents will also enjoy a health club and other amenities. The second tower, with its curved façade responding to the Crescent complex, continues the architectural vocabulary of the hotel tower, creating a sense of place along Pearl Street. Street trees and the townhouses help the towers sit comfortably alongside the adjoining residential neighborhood.