Highland Park Village Dallas, Texas
For the past decade, OMNIPLAN has worked with Highland Park Village to improve the center through deliberate and modest expansions and over-build projects to their historic structures.
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Originally built in 1931, Highland Park Village was billed as the country’s first self-contained, open-air shopping center and was declared a National Historic Landmark in 2000. It represents a pivotal point in the evolution of the shopping centers that transitions from main street to the shopping malls that we know today. The Village is viewed as the first planned shopping center in the United States with a unified architectural style. The Village includes more than 70 tenants, including world-class luxury retail and was built by the developers as a town square. Many of the tenants are exclusive to Highland Park Village making the site a retail destination, including Hermes.
We’re trying to make Highland Park Village an international brand name. We want to be the Rodeo Drive in this market.
- 7 Buildings
- 70+ Tenants
- 8 Decades of History
- 250K Square Feet
The design theme throughout the site is a unique Mediterranean Spanish-style architecture. The historic buildings at HP Village have gone through renovations and expansions of various scales. With each unique project throughout the property, our primary goal is to make it seem like we were never there.
OMNIPLAN has executed the interior architecture of several spaces for some of the luxury retail brands including Akris, St. Michael’s Women’s Exchange, Rag & Bone as well as the Center Court. Many of the tenants are exclusive to Highland Park Village making the site a retail destination, including Hermes.
Finding a Fit for Food
At the heart of Highland Park Village, we underwent a renovation and expansion for a new restaurant and office space on the second floor. The space was not ADA compliant and needed an elevator. With no space for an elevator on the interior of the building, there needed to be an exterior add-on. The new design provides a terraced entrance that can be used for events and a clock tower that houses the new elevator connecting the two spaces. Parking was also provided in a below grade parking garage.
Designed in 1966, Building G was added for additional commercial space and banking facilities. The building never expressed the architectural intent of the center and was noted as a noncontributing element to the National Historic Landmark Nomination. The new Building G blends seamlessly with The Village’s unique style. The renovation converted the third-floor office space into a luxury private social club and an outdoor rooftop dining terrace. The second floor was converted from office to retail, and the first-floor retail occupants remained operational throughout the design and construction process.
The lobby now serves as the arrival for shoppers and club-members alike and responds to both uses through unique materials, finishes, and custom vitrine displays. The space’s warm tones and timeless materials speak to the classic nature of the Village’s architecture, while the contemporary FF&E program creates a seamless flow to the social club above.
Retail & Event
Private Social Club
Open for Business
With a primary design objective of blending Building G with the architectural character of Highland Park Village (while keeping the building footprint fundamentally intact), the design team introduced major building elements to break down the massive nature of the original building. Level 1 also remained operational through the duration of design and construction.
Originally designed with an inconsistent architectural vernacular, Building G was never accredited a historic preservation award like the rest of the development.
Through its expansion and renovation, Building G now blends more seamlessly with Highland Park Village’s unique Spanish-Mediterranean style and creates a new, iconic gateway for the Village from Preston Road.
The ornate details for Building G were first realized and communicated through hand-sketching.
Blending the Details
Comparison between the existing and the new Building G details.
Level One Lobby
Level One Lobby
See how our projects live after we leave
OMNIPLAN continues to coordinate with the construction of new luxury fashion tenants as we explore future planning opportunities to continue to grow Highland Park Village as a timeless and high-end retail destination.