Morphosis has recently completed their Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, which in now open to the public. The main body of the museum, in the shape of a large cube, emerges from a large plinth covered in stones and drought-resistant grasses that reflects the Texas landscape. The new building is located in Victory Park and will replace some of the facilities of the existing Museum of Science and Nature, situated in the adjacent Fair Park.
By integrating nature and technology, the building demonstrates how high performance design (minimizing the impact on the environment) and cultivation of memorable museum experiences can transform architecture into an active tool for science education. To further the principle of integration, a path descending from the top floor through the galleries weaves in and out of the main atrium, connecting the internal world of the museum with the surrounding landscape of the city. “The museum is, thus, a fundamentally public building – a building that opens up, belongs to and activates the city; ultimately, the public is as integral to the museum as the museum is to the city.”