The Joule, Dallas moves into Phase II of two-year overhaul

The Joule, Dallas entered Phase II of a two-year-long $78 million renovation and expansion, expected to be complete by Fall 2012.

The transformation of The Joule is led by interior designer Adam D. Tihany. Forrest Perkins, the Architect of Record, is coordinating the design and construction of the project consisting of multiple historic buildings and new building construction, as well as the existing Joule hotel. The design team also includes Architexas, the historic preservation architect.

The Joule will expand its hotel through three historic buildings. One, constructed in 1913 in a classical revival style, was originally known as the Scholar Building. The second was originally a Salvation Army constructed in 1911. Lastly, the project includes Dallas' neo-gothic National Bank building in which the Joule currently resides.

The Joule's room collection will add 29 new guest suites, one single-story penthouse and two three-story penthouses. Guestrooms designed by Tihany will feature white oak furnishings, complimented by sapphire mohair seating and contrasting gold accents. Suites will take on a red scheme with deep red and brown leather lounge chairs complemented with bright yellow details.

 

The 16-foot ceilings and heavy slab walls of steel-reinforced concrete that once housed the underground vaults of the former Dallas National Bank offer enclosure for the room's reincarnation as a discotheque. The 2,600 square foot space will incorporate a recording studio, 25-seat screening room, and private lounge complete with DJ booth and dance floor.

The Joule also features an 8,000 square-foot subterranean spa designed by Tihany Design, operated by ESPA. This will be the first ESPA spa in Texas and will offer six treatment rooms as well as an ice fountain, steam room, sauna, geothermal pool and "experience showers."

Chef Charlie Palmer is introducing City Hall, which features five specialty gourmand stations. The venue will have a 20-seat craft tequila cocktail bar serving as the centerpiece.

The Joule's meetings and event space will nearly triple for a total of 14,000 square feet. All meeting and event space will be dressed up with Texas-style glamour, including custom chandeliers and an exterior all-glass elevator designed to complement the cantilevered glass-front pool on the hotel roof. The elevator will escort guests directly to the new 5,000 square-foot rooftop terrace and garden.

The Joule will also feature artworks by Andy Warhol, Adam Fuss and Richard Phillips.

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