Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Dallas, Texas
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."
- 250 Seat Auditorium
- 27 Unique Exhibits
- 2 50-Seat Classrooms
- 120 Survivor Testimonies Throughout Holocaust Exhibit
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 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.
Mapping the Journey
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The museum was designed with the goal of being a LEED Certified. This project is located in the West End Historic District, formerly an industrial site adjacent to a former rail line. The design of the building seeks to limit the amount of direct sunlight on the large expanses of glass. The wings of U-shaped parti shields the large curtain wall opening to the courtyard from the sun while the west wing overhangs the entry curtain wall limiting the effects of the western sun exposure.
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