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s a second generation project for both owner and architect, the expansion of NorthPark Center both completes and refines the original design. Built in 1965 for developer Raymond Nasher, the original center was at that time one of the largest climate-controlled retail environments in the world. Architects Harrell and Hamilton (the Dallas firm later became Omniplan) drew inspiration from concepts more common in urban planning than in retail design, organizing a series of nodal points along perpendicular axes. Simply and elegantly detailed in a mid-century palette of stained and waxed concrete floors, cream-colored brick, and precast concrete double Ts, the broad aisles of the original structure provided a perfect venue for the display of Nasher’s impressive collection of twentieth-

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century sculpture. NorthPark quickly became a premier Dallas retail destination, and received the American Institute of A rchitects’ Award for “Design of the Decade–1960s” as one of the first commercial centers in the U.S. to create space for the display of fine art. In 1992, NorthPark was recognized with the AIA’s 25-Year Award for Design Excellence. In the new million-square-foot expansion for Nasher’s daughter Nancy and her husband David Haemisegger, the architects extended the original asymmetrical U-shape and completed the square, creating a new 1.4-acre park space in the center. The new design builds on planning ideas established in the original, and introduces several larger scale program elements, including a 15-screen cinema and a food court. The use of materials and execution of detailing in the expansion

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Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2007: Design Awards  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...

Texas Architect Sept/Oct 2007: Design Awards  

Texas Architect is the official publication of the Texas Society of Architects, each edition features recently completed projects and other...