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Search Ends for Solution to Museum Tower's Glare Problems at Nasher Sculpture Center

Back in 2012, a dispute arose between the Renzo Piano-designed Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas and the adjacent Museum Tower, a 42-story residential building which was accused of reflecting so much glare through the museum's glass roof that it risked damaging the art inside, and made the museum's garden areas so warm they were unusable. Last week, that 3-year long dispute appears to have been brought to a close - with nothing happening, as the owners of the Museum Tower, the Dallas Police and Fire Pension System (DPFP), voted nearly unanimously that it is no longer their responsibility to find a solution.

Symposium: "Modernism" / Dallas Architecture Forum

Leo Marmol is one of the world’s leading authorities in the restoration of iconic Mid-Century Modern and International style residences, including the Kaufmann House by Richard Neutra in Palm Springs, considered one of the most important residences of the 20th Century. His firm also incorporates those timeless concepts into new architecture, including product design exemplifying these design elements. Marmol will overview his firm’s landmark restoration projects, and discuss how the firm integrates Mid-Century design elements into their new construction and pre-fab projects, producing award-winning residences.

Santiago Calatrava Tops Out on Dallas' Margaret McDermott Bridge

Santiago Calatrava has topped out on his second Dallas bridge - the Margaret McDermott Bridge - two years after completing the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. The steel arch, reaching a height of 275 feet, is the first of two that will support the 1311-foot-long bridge that is intended to provide access to pedestrians, bicyclists and cars over the Trinity River. The $113 million bridge is part of the massive $798 million Dallas Horseshoe Project that aims to alleviate traffic and enhance accessibility downtown. It is scheduled to complete by the summer of 2017. 

Kengo Kuma Breaks Ground on Luxury Rolex Tower in Dallas

Kengo Kuma & Associates and developer Harwood International have broken ground on a twisted, seven-story tower for Rolex in Dallas' Uptown district. The luxury watchmaker intends on using the 136,857-square-foot building as a new office space. It will rise adjacent to Rolex's original building on Harwood Street that was built in 1984.

According to Kuma, the building "fuses nature and architecture," and will feature a tiered Japanese-inspired garden. 

For the Highest Density of Design Excellence, Visit Dallas

Since the construction of the first high-rise, it seems architectural merit has been weighed most heavily by a building's height. However, Kriston Capps of CityLab notes in his article "For the Best U.S. Architecture Per Square Mile, Head to Dallas" that the concentration of buildings by award-winning and internationally-renowned architects can also put cities on the architectural map. Although Chicago and New York may have taller skylines, he argues, in terms of stellar design density, Dallas can't be beat. Read the full article, here.

A First Look at Omniplan's Proposed Dallas Holocaust Museum

The Dallas Holocaust Museum and Center for Education and Tolerance has officially gone public with plans to build a new permanent home in the city’s West End, across from the museum’s current location. Preliminary designs, by Texas-based Omniplan Architects, indicate a modest concrete and weathered steel structure with expanded galleries that would be built on parcel bound by Ross Avenue, Houston Street and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit light. 

Heatherwick Exhibitions Set to Tour US and Asia

Thomas Heatherwick is set to expand his international reputation in the coming year, thanks to two exhibitions that will tour the United States and East Asia, reports the Architects' Journal. The US exhibition, titled "Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio" will tour Dallas, LA and New York from September 2014 to October 2015. The Asia exhibit is yet to be formally announced, although it is believed it will begin in Singapore in Spring 2015. Read on after the break for more details of the exhibitions.

Stoss + SHoP Beat Out Bofill, OMA for Downtown Dallas Re-Design

The results are in: Dallas has selected Stoss + SHoP’s “Hyper Density Hyper Landscape” (HDHL) over finalists Ricardo Bofill and OMA+AMO to reunite its downtown with the neighboring Trinity River. The winning team’s pragmatic approach aims to activates the region’s “full potential” by introducing an alternating “grid-green” development that will transform 176 acres into three new “dynamic, mixed-used” neighborhoods.

“The idea is very clear and compelling,” stated the jury. “There’s much left to be resolved in details but the diagram of the green coming into the city and the city going into the Trinity is a very powerful diagram that should become a strategy for managing change as the community moves forward.”

Surya: REX / Front’s 400-foot Solution for Dallas’ Disputed “Hot Spot”

It’s been two year’s since the construction of the 42-story Museum Tower in Dallas. As many of you may recall, the luxury condo has been in dispute with the neighboring Nasher Sculpture Center over an intense “hot spot” caused by the tower’s highly reflective skin. Although Nasher has demanded that the Museum Tower cover its southwestern facade with an external louver system, thus blocking the glare from penetrating Nasher’s Renzo Piano-designed cast aluminum sunscreen, the developers have refused to oblige due to a fear of jeopardizing the project's profitability.

Negotiations have turned to squabbles and proposals have fallen on deaf ears. However, a team lead by REX and Front has been commissioned by the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Fund (DPFPF) - the Museum Tower’s developer - to explore a "third option," one that would not require changing the construction of either Museum Tower or the Nasher. 

Dallas Architecture Forum Announces Its 2013-2014 Lecture Season

Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing challenging and on-going public discourse about architecture, design and the urban environment, is pleased to announce its 2013-14 season of lectures that will begin with award-winning Korean architect and the founder of Mass Studies, Minsuk Cho, who will speak Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7 p.m. at The Magnolia Theater, 3699 McKinney Ave. Other speakers for this season include Hugh Broughton, Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano, Larry Scarpa, and Gregg Jones.

Founders Hall / Overland Partners

  • Architects: Overland Partners
  • Location: Dallas, TX
  • Design Team: Tim Blonkvist-FAIA (Principal in Charge), Jim Shelton-AIA, , Scott Adams, Bess Swantner, Brad Bailey-AIA, Adam Bush-AIA, Steve Bellanger
  • Consultants: Project Cost Resources, Blum Consulting Engineers, EJES, Jaster Quintanilla (JQ), Lam Partners, 4B Technology, Hughes Associates, WJHW.
  • Contractor: Beck
  • Area: 108000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2010
  • Photographs: Jeffrey Totaro

© Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro © Jeffrey Totaro

Three Teams Shortlisted to Re-Envision Downtown Dallas

OMA*AMO (New York), Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura (Barcelona), and Stoss Landscape Urbanism (Boston) with SHoP (New York) have been selected as the top three teams to re-envision Dallas’s urban center and its connection to the Trinity River Corridor. The teams kickstarted the final leg of the competition this past weekend with a summer workshop, symposium and site visit alongside local developers and city officials. All three final proposals will be unveiled to the public this mid-October with a lecture series host by each team (dates and information here). A winner is expected to be selected shortly after. 

The Indicator: When Architects Attack

When Christopher Hawthorne, architecture critic for the Los Angeles Times, gives a bad review there is the sense that he is essentially dismantling a building, chipping its façade apart, like breaking down some charade in defense of the public’s honor. Like a hired killer he disappears the architecture, but at the same time heightens its visibility in the culture.

This ability, to provoke in such ways, is precisely why Thom Mayne would like to bar Mr. Hawthorne from taking a crack at reviewing the new building he and his firm, Morphosis designed for the firm’s new offices.

On a recent tour of the new digs, Mayne, as reported in The Architect’s Newspaper, was overheard saying, “There are no good writers in Los Angeles” and “All local writers are horrible.” To add further insult, he wants a science writer to cover it. That should be a short review.

The Connected City Design Challenge

Aiming to build awareness of urban design solutions capable of shaping Dallas forward, The Connected City Design Challenge is asking participants to develop a more refined and specific strategy for connecting the downtown and river, and assist in securing future public and private investment. By empowering both designers and citizens, The Challenge will work to realize integrated solutions that improve the livability and viability of our city. In order to secure the most capable design talent and facilitate a variety of solutions, this will be structured as a competitive process consisting of two idea streams: a professional stream and an open stream. Requests for qualifications are due May 9 for the professional stream and for the open stream, the deadline for submissions is October 3. For more information, please visit here.

Like a Houseboat / Shipley Architects

  • Architects: Shipley Architects
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, USA
  • Architect in Charge: Dan Shipley
  • Builder: Rick Fontenot of Constructive General Contractors
  • Client: Rick & Julie Fontenot
  • Area: 1490.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2008
  • Photographs: Charles Davis Smith

© Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith © Charles Davis Smith

Webb Chapel Park Pavilion / Cooper Joseph Studio

  • Architects: Cooper Joseph Studio
  • Location: Dallas, Texas, United States
  • Project Team: Wendy Evans Joseph, FAIA (PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE) - Chris Cooper, AIA (PRINCIPAL IN CHARGE) - Chris Good (PROJECT MANAGER / DESIGN TEAM) - Read Langworthy ( DESIGN TEAM)
  • Associate Architect: Quimby McCoy Preservation Architecture LLP
  • Structural Engineers: Jaster – Quintanilla Engineering
  • Electrical Engineers: Gerard & Associates Consulting Engineers
  • Concrete Consultant: Reginald D Hough, FAIA Architectural Concrete Consultant
  • General Contractor: Phoenix I Restoration & Construction, Ltd
  • Area: 903.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Eduard Hueber

© Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber © Eduard Hueber

Klyde Warren Park / The Office of James Burnett

© Dillon Diers Photography Courtesy of The Office of James Burnett Courtesy of The Office of James Burnett Courtesy of The Office of James Burnett