This weekend, the stunning new Perot Museum of Science and Nature opened in Dallas. The boxy, fracturing concrete volume is described by Thom Mayne as being a piece of “displaced geology,” an appropriate description considering the programming of the new building. And let’s be honest, science museums are awesome. I’m eager to see the new Perot Museum in person. Partly, this is because I only live six hours from Dallas so it’s easily a weekend trip, and partly because I want to see how the exhibition design resonates with the larger architectural gestures from Morphosis Architects. Or will it strike discord? The exhibition design is actually the collaborate work of three groups: Amaze Design, Paul Bernhard Exhibit Design and the Science Museum of Minnesota.
How strange that Morphosis, a firm whose name signifies “the manner in which an organism or any of its parts changes form or undergoes development” has finished a building that helps inspire curiosity about how our own earth is changing and how it has developed. The museum sits on top of an undulating terraced roof garden, two miles away from the another prominent grey cube in Dallas’ landscape: the Wyly Theater.