Coldspring works closely with design teams to help them realize their vision. Case-in-point is the Rolex building, which serves as a new U.S. base for the luxury watch company. Coldspring collaborated with the team to meet an aggressive schedule and sequence of work. Starting with basic details and design intent, Coldspring’s drafting department worked hand-in-hand with installer TST Construction Services to help develop shop drawings and details to bring the vision to life.
The 137,000 square-foot Rolex building is one of the signature pieces in Dallas’ high-style HARWOOD District, an 18-block, mixed-use neighborhood. Tokyo-based Kengo Kuma & Associates collaborated on the project with HARWOOD’s in-house group, HDF. The delicately layered tower rotates in and has offset floor levels, its semi-transparent form is anchored at its base by a stone “castle wall.” The wall was conceptualized and constructed by the Japanese stonemason Suminori Awata. Abutting the wall and complementing its historic look are exterior elements from Coldspring.
The building’s landscaping includes a Japanese tiered garden that has stone walls, waterfalls and a reflecting pool. Mesabi Black®, a dark gray, medium- to coarse-grained granite and Charcoal Black® granite, which has gray and black colors tones, are installed as paving, exterior veneer and caps, walls and curbing.
Coldspring stone is used in the building interior, as well. Here, smooth granite panels contrast with rough stones that break through the surface of the lobby’s water feature. Three-centimeter granite slab pieces, which have a variety of edge finishes, were stacked by hand to construct one lobby wall. Their randomized pattern creates texture and visual interest in the space.
Inside and out, natural forms and machined finishes complement one another in the design of the Rolex building, making it a signature piece in the HARWOOD District.