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Distinguished Professor Thom Mayne

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The Perot Museum Debuts December 1st in Dallas as a new cultural landmark that inspires a greater awareness of nature and science

“The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a gift to the city of Dallas,” says Mayne. “It is a fundamentally public building – a building that opens up, belongs to and activates the city. It is a place of exchange. It contains knowledge, preserves information and transmits ideas; ultimately, the public is as integral to the museum as the museum is to the city.”
 
Photographer: Iwan Baan
 
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
 
Designed to reflect and embody the mission of the Museum and enrich the city’s evolving urban and cultural fabric, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science will open on Saturday, December 1, 2012, in Dallas Texas. Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate, distinguished Professor UCLA A.UD Thom Mayne, and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Dallas museum has been named in honor of Margot and Ross Perot, the result of a $50-million gift from their adult children – Ross Perot, Jr.; Nancy Perot Mulford; Suzanne Perot McGee; Carolyn Perot Rathjen; and Katherine Perot Reeves. The Museum is located on a 4.7-acre site at 2201 N. Field St., just north of downtown Dallas in Victory Park. The 180,000-square-foot museum features five floors of public space that includes permanent and temporary exhibition space, a children’s museum as well as a theatre, store, and café.
 

Photographer: Iwan Baan
 
The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Victory Park creates a distinct identity for the Museum, enhances the institute’s prominence in Dallas and enriches the city’s evolving cultural fabric. The Museum is a fundamentally public building; the public is as integral to the Museum as the Museum is the city. Designed to engage a broad audience, invigorate young minds, and inspire wonder and curiosity in the daily lives of its visitors, the Museum cultivates a dynamic experience that persists in the minds of its visitors and ultimately broadens individuals’ and society’s understanding of nature and science.
 
The Museum will strive to achieve the highest standards of sustainability possible for a building of this type. High performance design and incorporation of state of the art technologies yield a new building that minimizes its impact on the environment. 
 

Photographer: Iwan Baan
 
This world-class facility inspires awareness of science through an immersive and interactive environment that actively engages visitors. Rejecting the notion of museum architecture as neutral background for exhibits, the new building itself is an active tool for science education. By integrating architecture, nature, and technology, the building demonstrates scientific principles and stimulates curiosity in our natural surroundings.
 
Photographer: Iwan Baan
 
Photographer: Iwan Baan
 
Photographer: Iwan Baan

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