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Thom Mayne’s Perot Museum of Nature and Science Nears Completion in Dallas
Photo by Mark Andrew Boyer for Inhabitat
As visitors approach the new Perot Museum on opening day next month, they’ll be struck by the building’s dynamic facade. With its undulating, geologic patterning, it’s almost as if the cube-shaped form was lifted directly out of the earth. The outer skin of the 170-foot-tall museum is sheathed in more than 650 textured precast concrete panels, giving the building a unique graphic aesthetic. The lines create visual interest, and when the sun hits the building’s different textures, it takes on different shapes.
The concrete used on the exterior panels weighs in at over 4 million pounds. Inside, the curved concrete paneling continues, carrying the lines from the facade to every floor. The building is a testament to recent advances in 3D modeling. To create the unique concrete panels, several different rubber molds were used, which could be moved around to make different patterns. The standardized, modular system helped to keep costs down and to keep construction moving forward (the entire budget for the building was $185 million).
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