Perot Museum of Nature and Science

Address: 
Dallas, TX
United States
Project Size: 
4.7 acres
Project type: 
Institutional / Educational
Site Context: 
Urban
Former Land Use: 
Brownfield
Terrestrial Biome: 
Tropical & Subtropical Grasslands, Savannas & Shrublands
Budget: 
$185 million
Project overview: 

The project site for the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, consisting of 4.7 acres, is located immediately adjacent to Victory Park at the intersection of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and Field Street in the city of Dallas, Texas. Formerly an industrial brownfield, the site’s location in the urban core of Dallas, just north of downtown and west of the Arts District, provided a multitude of both opportunities and constraints for site design. Within immediate proximity are an elevated freeway, which binds the site to the south, several rapid transit lines and the 5.2 acre Klyde Warren Park.

The project is focused around the primary mission statement of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, to “Inspire minds through nature and science”. To achieve this the site design was conceived as an abstraction of several native Texas landscape environments that are seamlessly integrated with the building’s architecture. Starting at the southeast corner of the site, the podium structure of the building was planned to incorporate a roof system featuring plantings that depict different regions of Texas’ ecology: West Texas Rock Cap, Upland Prairie, Blackland Prairie and East Texas Forests/Wetlands.

photography by: James Wilson Photography