NorthPark Center Dallas, Texas
Nasher intended to build an enclosed shopping center on that land. On paper, this goal was unremarkable; NorthPark would not be the first enclosed, air-conditioned mall. But it would be the first one with a clear architectural vision.
- 26 M Visitors annually
- 235 Shops
- $1B In sales
- 50 Years old
Unlike other enclosed malls that dissect their walkways with a dashed-line of commercial kiosks, NorthPark reserves its corridors and courts for world-class art—featuring works by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, Jim Dine, Jonathan Borofsky, James Rosenquist, Mark di Suvero, Claes Oldenburg, and Coosje van Bruggen. Since its inception in 1965, NorthPark has made use of its commercial place in the community as a space for promoting art and culture. Its original developer, Raymond Nasher, began making NorthPark a permanent repository for work he curated from his life’s collection.
A list of high-quality tenants with interest in locating at NorthPark continued to grow over time, and with zero vacancy the owners decided to pursue two major expansions.
When it opened, NorthPark was the largest climate-controlled retail space in the nation—pioneering the evolution of regional shopping centers.
The interim expansion included a two-story addition that turned the “L” shaped complex into a “U”.
The permanent expansion connected the “U” shape, and NorthPark became a fully enclosed “square doughnut”— anchoring each corner with an upscale department store and capturing a 1.5 acre greenspace that would later be coined “CenterPark.”
By creating a space where commerce, art and culture meet, we were able to create an enduring space that will continue to serve the community for years to come.
Careful consideration was taken when designing places typically given the least attention in a mall setting, such as the garages, foodcourt and cinema.
25 Year Award for Design Excellence Texas Society of Architects
25 Year Award for Design Excellence American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter
1970 Campbell & Tucker Award, Outstanding Project of the Decade American Institute of Architects, Dallas Chapter
Site plan, 1966
Level 1, 1966
Site plan, 1976
Site plan, 2006