Los Angeles Times architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne flexed his critic muscles recently with a review of the Thom Mayne and Morphosis-designed Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. “The building’s apparent radicalism is tacked on, its braggadocio paper-thin,” writes Hawthorne about the museum’s flamboyant facade. “Like many of Mayne’s recent buildings, it is a work of architecture without the courage of its convictions — convictions that are shouted, naturally, at top volume.” Hawthorne’s thorough formal analysis ends with a rather depressing conclusion, one that sees the building as a roadside billboard peddling Morphosis’s signature style more than a work of architecture that engages with the city or even its own contents. But more than a criticism of this latest addition to the Dallas cityscape, Hawthorne’s review is a critic’s plea to pause and assess the cultural values that have been rendered visible in architecture today. Read the whole article on the L.A. Times website.
Photo: The Perot Museum of Nature and Science, photographed by Iwan Baan
- Kelly Chan