Contract awarded for Dallas Art Museum modernization project

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The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) has announced Madrid-based practice Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos as the winner of the international design competition Reimagining the Dallas Museum of Art in Texas, USA.

The jury commended the victorious concept design for effectively tackling issues related to movement, eco-friendliness, and the expansion of exhibition spaces, all while demonstrating reverence for the existing structure. The campus, initially envisioned by Edward Larrabee Barnes, was originally encircled by vacant lots and warehouses. However, the vicinity has undergone a transformation, witnessing the expansion of the Arts District, the establishment of Klyde Warren Park to the north, and the construction of fresh residential and office spaces. The competition was launched with the objective of reimagining the museum's premises, heightening its physical visibility and transparency, and fostering a more inviting and inclusive environment for all.

Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos' approach prioritizes the improvement of the interior thoroughfare, which serves as the central axis of the museum. This is achieved by introducing overhead natural light, enhancing accessibility through a reconsidered ground-floor ramp, and establishing visual connections throughout the entire edifice. Furthermore, the design simplifies visitor circulation by integrating the vertical circulation points and linking them to the interior street, resulting in more intuitive pathways.

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