How can a building educate and change the world?

Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Dallas, Texas


  • Cultural


52,300 SF
Design based on exhibits

We based the architectural design process around the proposed exhibit plan. The goal is to ensure that the exhibits within the museum are the main feature, while the building embraces the flow, design, and ideas expressed within its walls. By doing this, the entire experience of visiting the museum will be cohesive from the moment you see the museum from afar, to when you enter the main exhibit, to the moment you leave.

Marrying Expressive Aesthetic with Functionality

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum wanted to make sure that every guest who visits the museum is able to experience the expressive aesthetic without difficulty or delay, requiring extensive thought into visitor experience during the design process. The mission is to encourage individuals to become upstanders in support of human rights. The vision for the museum is to create a deep and authentic experiential journey that grapples with the most difficult and perplexing issues plaguing humanity.

"Embrace ideals, challenge reality, participate in repair."

Maxim of Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum
  • 250 Seat Auditorium
  • 27 Unique Exhibits
  • 2 50-Seat Classrooms
  • 120 Survivor Testimonies Throughout Holocaust Exhibit
Designing an Experience

The building embraces each visitor through multiple avenues in order to exceed the visitor's expectations and further the museum's impact. Each section of the museum was designed the visitor's experience in mind- from the main lobby to the details on signage.

    Education at the Core of Design

    With its primary purpose of educating visitors about the history of the Holocaust and advancing human rights to combat prejudice, hatred and indifference, the new design for the museum had to embrace those goals. Within the building, two connectable 50-seat classrooms provide ample space for a variety of groups.

    Simple Elegance

    To further the importance of the exhibits, the design of the building is meant to express simple elegance. This ensures that every visitor is able to fully experience the purpose of the museum because the building complements the exhibits without taking away from their importance. We worked heavily with the exhibit designer, Berenbaum-Jacobs Associates, to fully understand the message behind the museum experience in order to design the perfect frame for the exhibits.

    Designing the Narrative

    The design of the museum is a rational organization of the program elements while reinforcing the narrative of a journey that will engage the visitor every time they visit the museum. The exhibit space is elevated above the support spaces and clad in metal skin. The form shaped in a "U" creates the sheltered interior courtyard. The common area is centralized to connect all spaces and provide a powerful courtyard-lobby connection. The exhibits are intentional black-box spaces and contrast with the light-filled lobby creating a dichotomy of light and darkness, of hope and tragedy.

  • Northeast View
  • North View
  • Northwest View
  • Southwest View

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Learn More About the Museum

Moved to learn more about being an Upstander? Visit the Museum's website to learn about their mission and how they are changing the world one person at a time.

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