Nasher architect criticizes Museum Tower planners

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on June 14, 2012 at 11:22 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 7:42 PM

DALLAS - The architect of the Nasher Sculpture Center criticized the planners of a neighboring building that continues to reflect sunlight on the museum, damaging exhibits in the process.

Renzo Piano, an Italian architect who designed the center, visited the museum this week and says the sun's reflection off the mirrored siding of the 42-story Museum Tower continues to create problems.

"It blows up the air conditioning system, it blows out the vision of the piece of art," Piano said. "You can not show the piece of art that is being damaged by too much light."

The concerns started last fall as the new tower was being constructed.

Piano said he designed the museum so sunlight would enter the building from the south and not damage exhibits. However, the reflections are causing harsh heat to enter from the north.

"This is ridiculous, inconceivable," Piano said. "One is the aggressor, one is the victim -- it is absolutely clear."

Dallas has asked attorney Tom Luce to mediate between between both sides, but so far a fix can't be found.

The museum has already installed light-blocking panels, but Piano said a more permanent solution needs to be found.

"We can not wait two months, six months, a year for things to happen," he said.

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