Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Dallas, TX, United States
Morphosis Architects

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science creates a distinct identity for the Museum, enhances the institution’s prominence in Dallas and enriches the city’s evolving cultural fabric. Designed to engage a broad audience, invigorate young minds, and inspire wonder and curiosity in the daily lives of its visitors, the Museum cultivates a memorable experience that broadens individuals’ and society’s understanding of nature and science.

Built in 2012, the Museum strives to achieve the highest standards of sustainability possible for a building of its type. High performance design and incorporation of state of the art technologies yields a new building that minimizes its impact on the environment.

Upon entering the museum, visitors are lead through two native Texas ecologies: a forest of large native canopy trees and a terrace of native desert xeriscaping. An acre of undulating roofscape comprised of rock and native drought-resistant grasses reflects Dallas’s indigenous geology and demonstrates a living system that will evolve naturally over time.

The intersection of these two ecologies defines the main entry plaza, a gathering and event area for visitors and an outdoor public space for the city of Dallas. Moving from the entry, a visitor’s gaze is drawn upward through the soaring open volume of the sky-lit atrium, the building’s primary circulation space. Patrons arrive at a fully glazed balcony high above the city, with a bird’s eye view of downtown Dallas. The path descending from the top floor through the museum’s galleries weaves in and out of the building’s main circulation atrium, alternately connecting the visitor with the internal world of the museum and with the external life of the city beyond. This dynamic spatial procession creates a visceral experience that engages visitors and establishes an immediate connection to the immersive architectural and natural environment of the museum.

The museum, is thus, a fundamentally public building – a building that opens up, belongs to and activates the city; ultimately, the public is as integral to the museum as the museum is to the city.

completed in 2012

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