Architecture: the dallas museum of art [dma]

Dallas' major art museum - the DMA located in the Dallas Arts District adjacent to the Nasher and the new Klyde Warren park. Designed by American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, the limestone building's trademark barrel vault [as seen in the above image] aligns directly with Flora street. Barnes is a modernist yet conservative architect who tends to concentrate on simple solid geometric forms. Drawing ideas from Beaux-Arts museums - it is big and grand and covered in limestone. The sculpture garden is also designed by Ed Barnes while the landscape is done landscape architect by Dan Kiley. Natural light reaches most of the museum's interior - check out the photographs in this post to see how it has been done. 

The museum has three different entrances or triple orientations each with a specific function. A formal entrance with a large fountain [first image] for ceremonial occasions. A secondary entrance facing the parking lot [second image] for visitors who come by car. The third entrance onto the street [third image]  for those who have come by foot. What a brilliant idea. 

The street that houses the DMA and the Nasher on either sides.

Serene shaded sidewalk next the the cool limestone walls.

Looking towards Flora street.

Pei's Fountain Place hovers in the background.

This lady wearing the exact colors that are on the DMA's nameplate stood right beneath it as we walked in. 

Green versus the limestone.

The Museum tower reflects itself on the DMA.

Limestone versus glass.

Chihuly glass art is a permanent piece at the DMA cafe.

Lots of famous furniture pieces filled several of the galleries. 

Here is the detail of how natural light flows into the galleries of the museum.


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