Town House Modern Sold by Douglas Newby
Lionel Morrison received an AIA Honor Award for this 3,600 square-foot Travis townhouse located a block from Knox Street and Travis Walk that he designed in 1999. Now it is even better. The CEO and managing partner of a leading national design oriented architectural firm, totally renovated the space, making it structurally and aesthetically sleeker, the environment greener, and the space even more inviting.
A Serene Space in a Vibrant Neighborhood
A few blocks of Dallas’s most vibrant blocks surround this Travis location. Among them are Knox/Henderson, the Katy Trail, and Turtle Creek.
Inconspicuously placed on Travis Street, there is a sense you are immersed in an urban forest as you enter the collection of four Lionel Morrison-designed townhouses framing a courtyard. Entering the front door of the residence you will immediately feel the secure and serene environment of this modern AIA award-winning townhouse designed by architect Lionel Morrison, FAIA. Also at the entrance are sightlines to walled outdoor rooms that are as enticing as the interior spaces.
Master Bedroom on First Floor Opens to Nature
On the first floor is the master bedroom, a quiet space that opens to the outdoor rooms framed by 35-foot tall magnolias and Savannah hollies.
Master Bathroom Enjoys Lush Surrounding
The master bathroom also enjoys the lush green micro forest surrounding the courtyard. The clean lines of Lionel Morrison's design and the modern materials selected by a prominent architect and his wife, a graphic designer, are even more dramatic against the backdrop of nature's palette.
Living Areas on Second Floor Look Into Canopy of Trees
Floating walls give definition to the kitchen, living room, and library, while maintaining an open floor plan with views to a series of balconies overlooking the private courtyards. Tall ceilings create a perfect environment for art. Sunlight fills the space from opposite directions as does the well-placed narrow horizontal skylights. Elaborate lighting accentuates the art and the mood of the rooms. A hidden office off the living room also overlooks the forested courtyard.
The modern Poggenpohl kitchen in this contemporary residence is more than just good looking with great appliances. It is a space that attracts and is efficient for cooking or entertaining. One can also step outside on the balcony at one end of the kitchen and use the grill to augment the experience.
The modern kitchen renovation and amenities include Poggenpohl custom kitchen cabinets, two Sub-Zero refrigerators, two Sub-Zero freezer drawers, Thermador induction cook top, Thermador in-counter ventilation system, Thermador/Bosch Dishwasher, Sub-Zero beverage refrigerator, Scotsman ice maker, Miele/Nespresso coffee maker, Miele steam oven, Miele microwave oven, Miele convection/master chef oven, and two Miele warming drawers.
Library Embraces Tradition and Modernity
The library at the end of one of the living areas has a wall of library shelves and a metal rolling library ladder. These shelves surround a large screen, appealing to different levels of engagement in this room that also has doors out to a balcony.
Open Tread Stairs Reveal Nature
Even the open tread stairs connecting the different floors of the home provide transparent views of nature that engulf this modern residence.
Horizontally and Vertically Open Home
Some modern homes are horizontally open, with rooms that look through other rooms into the outdoors. This Lionel Morrison-designed home does this and, in addition, it is also vertically open. On any one floor interior rooms look into exterior rooms. Also on any floor you can look up or down and have extended views into rooms of another floor. This openness creates a sense of intimacy no matter where you are in the home.
Third Floor is Perfect for Guests
CEO of Award-Winning Architectural Firm Renovates His Own Home
The modern architect who owns the home designed features and selected amenities to accentuate the livability and aesthetics of this contemporary award-winning townhouse. You will find a whole house sound system with Control4 and Sonos components that includes one patio and the roof deck; whole house lighting system with Lutron components; LED lighting throughout the house; a new security system; new exterior landscaping, hardscaping and lighting; new tankless hybrid water heating system; water circulation system; new ethanol fueled fireplace; V-Cool Heat/UV blocking window film; custom cabinetry in kitchen, living/dining room, office, media room, master bedroom, master bathroom and sitting room; power shades in kitchen, media room, master bedroom and master bathroom; heated floor in master bathroom; California Closets throughout house, including workshop off of garage; new caulking, weather sealing and painting of exterior of house; and new paint on all wood fences, garage door and metal gates.
Skyline and Sunset Views
What is the point of living close to the Arts District, Turtle Creek, and downtown if there are not splendid city views? On the roof of this modern townhouse you will enjoy unobstructed sunrises, sunsets, and views of Turtle Creek and downtown. Even on warm summer evenings the cool breezes make this the perfect place to finish a day.