The Shops at Willow Bend
The Shops at Willow Bend is an upscale shopping mall located at the epicenter of north Dallas. Ranked among the top 100 U.S. malls, the center is undergoing a $100 million redevelopment to elevate its status and expand offerings for its target market.
CallisonRTKL’s design for the mall’s redevelopment adds more than 100,000-SF of retail/restaurant space, 175 hotel rooms, and up to 200,000-SF of Class-A office space, with possible restaurant and salon amenities on the west side of the mall, all of which will increase sustainable, daily pedestrian traffic. The mall is also being re-oriented to show a more visible, dining-focused front entrance to the adjacent, heavily trafficked Dallas North Tollway.
The contemporary design and building materials are regionally authentic, creating a comfortable, approachable atmosphere to appeal to the local community; all part of a design concept CRTKL coined as “Texas Cool.” The trellis design defines the area, provides welcomed shade and cascades downward to present a branded façade with tollway visibility. The adaptable design allows the center to play host to street fairs, public events and concerts, while the second-story terrace creates a cityscape of outdoor patios and entertainment spaces with birds-eye views of pedestrian traffic below.