Dallas Museum of Art unveils shortlisted designs for campus revamp

28 July 2023
  • Nieto Sobejano
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro
  • David Chipperfield Architects
  • Johnston Marklee
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture
  • Weiss/Manfredi

Dallas, TX

United States

Tendestream members among teams displaying competing concepts

The finalists’ concept designs have been revealed in the competition to reimagine the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA). The Museum’s brief to the six shortlisted teams was to give its campus greater physical visibility and transparency in order to show visitors what is going on inside, while making the museum more welcoming and accessible to all. Tenderstream members Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Nieto Sobejano Architects and Arup are either leading or among the competing teams, with designs available to view at the DMA or on the competition website.

The first stage of the contest, which launched in February 2023, attracted 154 team submissions from around the world, and resulted in the selection of six finalist teams as listed below:

•             Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid, Spain)

Supported by: Atelier Culbert (Exhibition Design); SWA Group (Landscape Architect); Arup (MEP, Lighting, and Sustainability Engineer); Bollinger+Grohmann (Structural and Facade Engineer); and PGAL (Local Architect).

•             Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, USA)

Supported byL Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. (Landscape Architect); Arup (MEP, Sustainability, and Daylighting Engineer); LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (Structural Engineer); New Affiliates (Exhibition Design); and GFF (Local Architect).

             David Chipperfield Architects (London, UK)

 Supported by: HarrisonKornberg Architects (Local Architect); James Corner Field Operations (Landscape Architect); Pentagram (Exhibition Design); Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineer); Arup (Services and Lighting); and Atelier Ten (Sustainability). 

             Johnston Marklee (Los Angeles, USA)

Supported by: Christ & Gantenbein (Museum Specialists); MOS Architects (Public Realm); Sam Jacob Studio (Exhibition Design); Hargreaves Jones (Landscape Architect); Buro Happold (MEP and Sustainability Engineer); Walter P. Moore with Martinez Moore Engineers (Structural Engineer); and Kendall/Heaton Associates (Local Architect).

             Michael Maltzan Architecture (Los Angeles, USA)

Supported by: Studio Zewde (Landscape Architect); Guy Nordenson and Associates (Structural Design Engineer); Buro Happold (MEP Engineer); Atelier Ten (Sustainability); and JSA/MIXdesign (Exhibition Design and Accessibility).

             Weiss/Manfredi (New York, USA)

Supported by: Hood Design Studio (Landscape Architect); WeShouldDoItAll (Exhibition Design); DVDL (Cultural Strategists); Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineer); Jaros, Baum & Bolles (MEP/FP Engineer); and Atelier Ten (Sustainability).

Malcolm Reading, competition director, commented: ‘These are sophisticated concepts conceived in a little over nine weeks, elegantly presented and richly annotated. The competition has inspired a creative flowering that is underpinned by contemporary commitments to sustainability, social equity, and the use of public space. In the decades since the Museum was originally designed, these themes have become paramount.’

The concept designs are on display on Mezzanine Level 2 at the DMA or online at Finalists’ Gallery, with the public invited to comment either at the exhibition or by email to dmafeedback@malcolmreading.com The DMA’s Architect Selection Committee are meeting this July to interview the finalists and make a recommendation to the Dallas Museum of Art Board of Trustees, with a winner announcement expected in August.

Lucy Nordberg
Tenderstream Head of Research

This tender was first published by Tenderstream on 17.02.2023 here

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