“Precise and crisp in the Swiss approach and relaxed and robust in the Texan spirit,” is how Kengo Kuma describes how he designed the just-opened Hôtel Swexan in Dallas’ burgeoning Harwood District. With a resume that includes everything from the LVMH Headquarters in Japan and the Japan National Stadium for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to the forthcoming One Hotel Paris, Kuma’s use of natural materials is a staple of his work. True to form, 100 different types of natural stone and wood were sourced from all over the world for the interiors at Swexan.
Drawing inspiration from a classical 19th-century Parisian residence, public spaces are adorned in plush furniture, hand-carved stone, and antique wooden fireplaces; the 134 residential-style guest rooms are outfitted with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the cityscape. Suites feature original works from developer Gabriel Barbier-Mueller’s personal collection such as the Harwood Suite’s Samurai armor. Don’t miss the array of onsite amenities such as a Moroccan–style pool terrace, 7th-floor steakhouse Stillwell’s whose beef program is anchored by its own breed of cattle, the European-style rooftop café Léonie, library speakeasy, and more.