Dallas Museum of Art announces winner for extension

Images courtesy of Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos
A team led by Spanish designer Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos has won a competition to modernise and extend the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), beating a shortlist that included David Chipperfield and Diller Scofidio + Renfro.

Nieto Sobejano worked alongside Atelier Culbert, SWA Group, Arup, Bollinger + Grohmann and PGAL on the winning proposal.

The design will build on Edward Larrabee Barnes’ 1984 building, adding a floating gallery for contemporary art on the roof and an LED artwork on its perforated façade.

Transparent glazing on the north façade and on the frontage facing Harwood Street will allow passers-by to look inside the museum.

The $150-175m expansion will be largely funded by private donations.

The DMA houses a 26,000-strong collection, including pieces by Degas, Monet and Rothko.

Malcolm Reading, competition director, said: “Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos’ thoughtful and accomplished concept provides an inspired architectural masterplan for the museum’s future, offering a solution that embraces Larrabee Barnes’ design principles yet creates a new identity and openness. 

“Their clarity of design intent in conserving the integrity of the existing building and landscape offers dividends in reducing environmental impacts and optimising energy use.”

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