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Spanish architecture firm Nieto Sobejano will design the new Dallas Museum of Art

See the winning design and five other finalists for the renovation of the Dallas Museum of Art.


Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos was one of two international firms selected amongst the finalists.

Rendering courtesy of Malcolm Reading Consultants

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The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is ready for a facelift to the tune of $175 million. Over 26,500 art pieces are housed in the 1984 Edward Larrabee Barnes building in the Dallas Arts District, and the museum is ready to reinvent itself for its next phase.

In February, the museum and Malcolm Reading Consultants launched a design competition and after reviewing 150+ international submissions, the DMA’s Architect Selection Committee narrowed it down to six high-profile finalists including:

Each of the participating finalist will receive an honorarium of $50,000 for their design work + $10,000 for expenses.

Winning design

The Spaniards are coming — last week, the Dallas Museum of Art selected Spanish architecture firm Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (NSA) to design the new museum.

Led by Fuensanta Nieto and Enrique Sobejano, the studio is known for innovative facades like the Contemporary Art Center in Córdoba, Spain, and Montblanc Haus in Hamburg, Germany.

The design expands the museum’s audience while preserving much of the original building + includes:

  • A perforated facade with LED-generated artwork
  • A floating contemporary art gallery on the roof
  • A new interior circulation system that functions like an internal street
  • Transparent glazing that will allow passers-by to see inside
  • A series of planted roofs with integrated rainwater collection

A newly formed Master Facilities Plan task force will hold an inaugural meeting in September to kick off the project with NSA and work to secure funding.
See the concept designs in a free exhibition at the DMA through Wednesday, Aug. 30 + check out 14 other museums a little closer to home.

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