Green Globes Certified (4)
The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, after opening its doors at the end of 2012, received over one million visitors in its first year of operation. A collaborative design team envisioned the creation of a building and site that would not only house exhibits, but also be equal active partners promoting the founders’ goal to “remind us that the universe is grander than ourselves.” The dynamic site design creates outdoor learning exhibits by exposing visitors to five primary Texas ecologies and celebrating the interaction of local environmental systems with this urban structure. The project’s outdoor plaza spaces are conceived of as a series of tectonic platforms that appear to heave out of the ground and envelop the museum’s cube form. The landscape brings the project’s spirit of learning about the natural world to the project’s planting and hardscape design concept by making a visible and sustainable expression of plant life and minerals.