July 15, 2013
by Mark Pataky

This week I visited notable Dallas museums and galleries. The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a great project by Morphosis. I find it interesting how they’ve manipulated this cube and supporting base to create visual interest from all angles both as you walk 360 degrees around it or pass it on the nearby freeway. Inside this building comes alive, showcasing dinosaurs and nature exhibits all while distorting your senses as you circulate through the museum in typical Morphosis fashion.
Turns out, Dallas also has one of the largest Art districts of any city in the US, so I did a lot of walking this week. The Nasher Sculpture Center by Renzo Piano, the AT&T Performing Arts Center by Foster + Partners, Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, and the Wyly Theatre by Rem Koolhaas which are all worth visiting. Interestingly, the Wyly Theatre is essentially another carefully crafted cube across town. Here, procession is highlighted as the observer is ushered below ground level on the exterior to the lobby and then elevated back to ground level on the interior in order to enter the theatre itself.
This week I also got another tour of Triumph Preparatory school as it nears completion. The light wells are now painted and casting striking shades of primary colors throughout the corridors. The education group nailed this simple gesture that creates an incredibly stimulating learning environment.