By Carolyn Weber. Located in Dallas' State Thomas Historic District, this five-story loft building with 127 units has the industrial appeal that those in the renter-by-choice market are looking for. The distinctive exterior is brick and concrete with large windows and a massive yellow V-shaped structure that supports the roof terrace. The distinguishing symbol gets quite a bit of attention from passersby. "It acts as a billboard and creates a unique identity from the expressway," says Tom Brink of RTKL Associates. "Thousands of people see it every day."

All of the units are two-story mezzanine residences with 19-foot ceilings, and the penthouse level has four single-level units with 12-foot ceilings. The interiors feature concrete ceilings, sealed concrete floors, and exposed steel bar joist structures.

The south side has floor-to-ceiling windows to take in the views of downtown Dallas.

Photo: Dave Whitcomb

The balconies on the south side are shaded, and corrugated metal dividers provide privacy and reinforce the simple, authentic loft aesthetic. Category: Lofts; Entrant/Architect/Land Planner: RTKL Associates, Dallas; Builder/Developer: Post Properties, Addison, Texas; Landscape Architect: Huitt-Zollers, Dallas