The Perot Museum of Nature and Science opened in December of 2012. This new architectural icon in one of the Texas’ most beloved cities is a great addition to a metropolis pot marked with examples of great design almost as much as tragic ones. Like many American metropolises, Dallas is a city of contrasts which is why the site and project fit so well with the architecture of Morphosis.
Detractors would say this design is just another oddity of high brow architecture, but if you look under the hood, you will see the that the building illustrates a clear concept of the collision of forces happening in both the subject matter of the building as well as within the context of its site. A cube both fragmenting and reassembling itself sits atop of a wave formed landscaped roof deck. Morphosis excels at not only crafting heterogeneous spatial forms, but is also a master of conveying architectural poetry in material use and design. For example, notice how surface of the the concrete shell of the iconic cube starts its ascension to sky as if it is being uncompressed and stretched upward as the building cube form moves upward. This building really is a stellar example the mature form language Morphosis has developed over time. Love it or hate it, go see this building.