A huge thank you to Modulex Carolinasfor hosting the tour of The Dillon, and Kane Realtyfor being our tour guide. The Dillon has become a pillar of the Raleigh skyline, with an unbeatable view of downtown. It is a vibrant showcase of what architecture can represent in the south, and how historic roots can be preserved in modern design. It was fascinating to see how many elements of the old structure were kept alive, and the authenticity of all the repurposed objects. The stories behind the challenges of construction made it even more meaningful and impactful.
The prominence of keeping the property intact translated to the artwork, graphics, and wayfinding. The original logo of the Dillon remained on the brick of the new structure; creating a nice transition between new and old. As you walk up to the edifice you are guided to beautiful greenery, shading an urban eatery; with signage that sinks into the building as if being a part of a whole. Walking into the lobby of the Dillon, you are greeted with three large pieces of art specifically handcrafted for expressing the history of Raleigh. We then piled into the glass elevators to visit the new office spaces and to experience yet another incredible view of the constant growth of downtown Raleigh. The office entry walls were filled with bright graphic elements, creating a dynamic and new feeling to the entire space.
Overall this tour was very eye opening to the complexity and thought behind each design element; it is always a pleasure to see the purpose guiding these decisions. I have a newfound appreciation for the Dillon and will for sure be back!
Written by: Lydia Richardson, SEGD Raleigh Member, Designer at 310 Architecture
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