Although generations of children have been devoted to its giant dinosaur exhibit, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History has always seemed somewhat of an ugly duckling among the architectural swans including Louis I. Kahn’s Kimbell, Tadao Ando’s Modern, and Philip Johnson’s Amon Carter, all clustered together in Fort Worth’s Cultural District. But that’s about to change. The 1954-vintage structure will be demolished this fall to make way for a new building by Legorreta + Legorreta. The museum unveiled the final scheme in April.
“Our design tries to respond to the challenge of being with these great neighbors but still is very human and easy to use,” explains Victor Legorreta, co-owner with his father Ricardo of the Mexico City-based atelier, which the museum selected in 2006. “This is the center of the community for kids, and we want to express that in the architecture.”