Renovations at Crescent’s 777 Main Feature Dramatic Glass Wall Design - New York artist creates abstract design that complements contemporary re-design

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Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC recently installed a glass wall featuring enclosed hand-painted silk linen as a dramatic touch in a contemporary re-design of the concourse at 777 Main in downtown Fort Worth. The 26 foot long by nine foot tall translucent glass wall provides a vivid landscape for visitors.

We were looking for a modern, non-traditional design element that would complement the natural materials we were installing in the lobby.

Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC recently installed a glass wall featuring enclosed hand-painted silk linen as a dramatic touch in a contemporary re-design of the concourse at 777 Main in downtown Fort Worth. The 26 foot long by nine foot tall translucent glass wall provides a vivid landscape for visitors riding the escalator from the ground floor entry to the concourse and provides separation of the entry from the concourse while maintaining outside views and natural lighting. The glass feature also separates the lobby greeting area from concourse seating in the building’s six-story atrium.

The glass and silk linen design complements other natural materials such as natural wood, porcelain stone, metals, leather and fabric used in the contemporary renovation at 777 Main. Natural materials, open spaces and brighter lighting concepts provide a more open and modern space in the lobby. The design concept also has been applied to the building sky bridges and valet lobby and will be featured in a ground floor entry renovation currently underway. Other floor lobbies and walkways will receive similar treatment to provide a consistent clean and fresh look in the iconic green glass-paneled Class A office building located at the gateway to Fort Worth’s resurgent Sundance Square downtown area.

Carolyn Ray, a noted artist and designer from New York, was commissioned to create a powerful artistic piece consistent with the contemporary renovations underway in 777 Main. Ray combines natural environmental elements with her designs, using all-natural fibers, dyes and inks. For Crescent’s 777 Main, Ray and her team hand-painted silk linen, folded the linen multiple times and manipulated the design into an abstract landscape which was then enclosed in glass.

“We were looking for a modern, non-traditional design element that would complement the natural materials we were installing in the lobby,” said Melissa Graham, senior property manager at 777 Main. Graham mentioned that the design had unexpected challenges: Ray’s New York studio was damaged and shut down following Super Storm Sandy. The artist persisted and produced a “one-of-kind” design consistent with her inspirational abstract art. “We could not be more proud to feature a uniquely beautiful piece of artwork that originated in such a resilient and talented design studio,” said Graham.

About 777 Main
777 Main is a 40-story, Class A office property located in the southeast quadrant of Fort Worth Central Business District (CBD). The 954,895-square-foot, green glass-paneled icon was developed in 1982 and is home to a prestigious customer base including Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., FTS International Services, LLC, and many law firms and energy companies. 777 Main also is home to The Petroleum Club, GRACE restaurant and Crescent Real Estate's corporate headquarters.        

About Crescent
Crescent Real Estate Holdings LLC, headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, is a fully-integrated real estate company owned by Barclays Capital and Goff Capital. Through its subsidiaries, Crescent owns or manages a portfolio of 25 premier office buildings totaling over 9.2 million square feet located in select markets across the United States with major concentrations in Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Las Vegas. Crescent also holds investments in resort residential developments in locations such as Scottsdale, Vail Valley, and Lake Tahoe; a luxury hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas; and the wellness lifestyle leader, Canyon Ranch®. For more information, visit Crescent's Web site at http://www.crescent.com.     

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