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May 28, 2014

“Own a Piece of the Sky” in Dallas

By Chris Boyle

Dallas residents now have the opportunity to “own a piece of the sky” as Dallas-based global developer and investor Harwood International will break ground on Bleu Ciel this fall. The new luxury high-rise condominium tower located in the heart of Dallas’ fast-growing district of HARWOOD will include 158 luxury residences. Each Sky-Rise Home offers Above All Else views expanded by floor-to-ceiling glass with romantic outdoor fireplaces. Bleu Ciel presents Sky-Rise living with opulent outdoor living – residences will include enormous terraces reaching nearly 7,500 square feet – to create the ultimate living experience unlike any other luxury community.Bleu Ciel - Wilmotte Rendering Day

“Dallas is ready for another iconic architectural masterpiece to follow buildings by major international architects from the UK, Italy, and Holland,” said Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, Founder and CEO of Harwood International. “Bleu Ciel is located at the highest vantage point overlooking Uptown and Downtown Dallas and is Dallas’ first high-rise designed by a French architect.”

Bleu Ciel is designed in collaboration with Jean-Michel Wilmotte and HDF, LLC. Wilmotte & Associés SA has a major presence in public buildings, retail, office, corporate headquarters, high-end residential buildings, and luxury hotels. Jean-Michel Wilmotte is recognized for his eclectic approach to architectural design and application of high quality materials and detailing. Notable projects include the Ferrari Sporting Management Center, Maranello-Fiorano; La Réserve, Ramatuelle; LVMH’s headquarters, Paris; Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Paris; and Musée d’Orsay, Paris. In 2014 Wilmotte & Associes SA ranked 74 in the World Architecture 100, Building Design magazine’s compendium of the world’s biggest practices, thus cementing its reputation as one of the most important global architecture practices.

Bleu Ciel is located in HARWOOD, the ‘Walk to Life’ neighborhood with a Walk Score of 92 that offers a wealth of progressive culture, independent spirit and calming nature – all within 18 city blocks. Bleu Ciel residents will be within walking distance to the city’s most notable attractions including a mix of boutiques, restaurants and entertainment destinations such as the Katy Trail, American Airlines Center, The Ann & Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Museum: The Samurai Collection, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Klyde Warren Park, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, the Design District and the Arts District.

“Wilmotte & Associés S.A. and Harwood International are equally proud to enhance such a prominent site with this beacon of architecture,” said Barbier-Mueller.  “This sky-rise will offer residents unrivaled 360 degree views from the spacious terraces which will be among the largest in the U.S.”

Standing adjacent to HARWOOD’s 31-story Azure condominium tower, which opened in 2007, Bleu Ciel residences will feature floor plans offering two and three bedroom homes. Priced from the high $600,000s, these residences will range in size from 1,300 to more than 7,000 square feet. The interiors will feature designer appointed luxury finishes and premium appliances.

Bleu Ciel owners will enjoy direct access to two junior Olympic-size pools with cascading water features, cabanas, hot tub, poolside kitchen and grills. Residents will be able to relax and unwind in a world-class resident-only spa designed by the award-winning Quintessence Spa Group, recognized by Conde Nast as one of The Top 25 Spas in the World for its spa at Primland Resort.

The ground level of Bleu Ciel will feature over 12,000 square feet of unique amenities, including an urban grocery, restaurant, juice bar, and a bike shop. The podium gardens and retail level plaza will be nestled within curated environments designed by world-renowned landscape architect Sadafumi Uchiyama of the Portland Japanese Garden.Bleu Ciel - Willmont Rendering 2

Residents will have access to luxury amenities at their fingertips including a premier fitness center, residential grocery delivery and poolside service, as well as private G2, G3, and G4 garages. Additional amenities will include a wine tasting room with climate-controlled wine storage and social spaces; private boardroom; onsite dog run; social room with full catering kitchen; and event space and private catering available at nearby restaurants and art spaces. Residents will also enjoy 24/7 concierge services, valet parking and access to the dog-friendly Katy Trail.

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