Thom Mayne’s Perot Museum of Nature and Science Nears Completion in Dallas

by , 11/03/12

Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Thom Mayne, Morphosis Architects, DallasPhoto by Mark Andrew Boyer for Inhabitat

The building is located on 4.7 acres of former brownfield, and it’s aiming for three environmental certifications — LEED, Sustainable Sites Initiative and Green Globes. LEDs are used throughout the building, as well as natural daylighting, to reduce energy costs. Learning labs, located on the building’s lower level, have light wells, which enable the rooms to be partially lit by natural light.

One of the most interesting features of the building is the roof — instead of a traditional green roof, the Perot Museum features a hardscape of stones and drought-tolerant plants that are meant to reflect the Texas ecology. The roof also features solar thermal (hot water) panels, and a rainwater collection system will store up to 50,000 gallons of water to be used for irrigation. Dallas-based firm Talley Associates served as the project’s landscape architect, and the firm planted more than 60 different types of trees, grasses and shrubs on the grounds surrounding the new building.

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1 Comment

  1. godisthemasterarchitect April 4, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    This building is a joke. I AM the leading authority in architecture, interior design, and structural engineering. This is a pathetic use of space and where are all the exhibits. There are just a few and the focus was mainly on the building box concept not the exhibits, hence the word museum. Fact, this is just another building by another wealthy individual and interest groups that do not even know the first thing about architecture. They just believe that what they see and are told or shown by another Dallas firm thinking that what they have as a design concept is some sort of grandeur.

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