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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History / LEGORRETA

The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at Fort Worth's Cultural District among very important 20th-century architecture such as the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn, the Modern Art Museum by Tadao Ando and the Amon Carter Museum by Phillip Johnson. The original Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was built in 1954, afterward completed by the Noble Planetarium in 1955 and then the OMNI Theater in 1983 which has been preserved and integrated into the new building complex connected by the Omni Link. The relationship within the existing site elements was an important design concern. Visitors access the New Building passing by a tree-shaded plaza that connects to the Main Access and also to the Cowgirls Museum designed by David M. Schwarz.

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Architects: LEGORRETA

Location: Fort Worth, TX, United States

Author Architects: Ricardo Legorreta, Víctor Legorreta, Miguel Almaraz, Adriana Ciklik; Carlos Vargas

Area: 18600.0 m2

Project Year: 2009

Photographs: Lourdes Legorreta

Executive Architect: Gideon Toal

Construction: Linbeck

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Text description provided by the architects. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History is located at Fort Worth's Cultural District among very important 20th-century architecture such as the Kimbell Art Museum by Louis Kahn, the Modern Art Museum by Tadao Ando and the Amon Carter Museum by Phillip Johnson. The original Fort Worth Museum of Science and History was built in 1954, afterward completed by the Noble Planetarium in 1955 and then the OMNI Theater in 1983 which has been preserved and integrated into the new building complex connected by the Omni Link. The relationship within the existing site elements was an important design concern. Visitors access the New Building passing by a tree-shaded plaza that connects to the Main Access and also to the Cowgirls Museum designed by David M. Schwarz.
© Lourdes Legorreta

Ground Floor Plan

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The plaza is overtopped by a main emblematic Tower/Lantern, signalizing the entrance of the Museum. The New Facility consists of several components interacting constantly with each other. An important element is the Museum School since the educational part of the exhibitions is a strong statement. Spacey and illuminated classrooms are facing a courtyard. Other elements of the architectural program are the Experimental Studios; ExploraZone; an outdoor DinoDig. Furthermore, there is Children's Museum, as well as pleasant outdoor areas like for instance a terrace, pergola area, reflected pool, and a shadowed courtyard gives the opportunity to entertain the youngest visitors of the Museum.

© Lourdes Legorreta

The design focused on creating spaces that are easy to understand for children and accessible for school groups. Other main spaces of the Museum are the larg...
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