No Resolution in Sight

Nasher continues to reject Museum Tower's "grossly inadequate" solution

Nasher continues to reject Museum Tower's "deeply flawed" solution

Museum Tower
Museum Tower believes it has a "beautifully engineered" solution that involves adjustments to the Nasher's roof. Photo courtesy of Museum Tower
Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas
The Nasher Sculpture Center still says Museum Tower needs to fix its own building. Photo ©Timothy Hursley
Museum Tower
Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas

In what appears to be an effort to generate some better publicity, Museum Tower sent out a release this morning that Dallas Police and Fire Pension board of trustees were recently presented with a solution to the sunlight reflection problem between Museum Tower and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Oddly, this is simply a rehash of what was presented to Nasher Sculpture Center trustee president David Haemisegger and trustee Nancy Nasher Haemisegger back in April.

Museum Tower claims this solution, the result of a year-and-a-half-long study, restores the visitor experience in the Nasher galleries to pre-Museum Tower conditions. Developers of the 42-story luxury high rise say they were unaware the high-performance glass would reflect light into the museum’s galleries during certain times of day.

“This was an unexpected development and an unintended consequence,” reads the release.

Museum Tower has offered to pay for testing, fabrication and installation of the solution, which involves a slight adjustment to the sunscreen system on the Nasher Sculpture Center roof. But the Nasher will have none of it.

In a statement, the museum still asserts that it’s Museum Tower, not the Nasher, that needs fixing:

The glare from Museum Tower is a problem for the entire Arts District, not just the Nasher Sculpture Center. Recycling the same grossly inadequate and deeply flawed idea in another publicity stunt is not a way to address the problems Museum Tower is causing for the people of Dallas. The bottom line is that the owners of Museum Tower need to fix their building.