The Margaret and Trammell Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora Street, Dallas, Texas

The design of the galleries that house The Trammell and Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art was shaped by the opportunity to display first class ancient art at a great location and within a modern context. Challenged by the hot Texas sun shining through glass walls and a glass ceiling as well as disconnected monumental interiors inappropriate for the display of small objects, Booziotis and Company Architects attempted to solve each environmental element and develop an exciting concept for a first class museum.

Circulation between the monumental pavilions was solved with the addition of a transparent bridge between the buildings. The bridge not only promotes flow but also provides a perfect viewing platform for the great Ming marble columns and the monumental bronze Confucius located in the fountains below. The bridge also allows for a pleasant transition between the delicate Chinese jades and the robust art of India and Southeast Asia.

The act of placing ancient art in a distinguished modern building of a different culture required a sensitivity to both the building and the art so that each maintained its own integrity. The Pavilions at the Crow Center are elegant glass boxes of a monumental scale, with one now destined to display small, delicate, light-sensitive objects. With the addition of a mezzanine to this pavilion, Booziotis and Company was able to create spaces both reminiscent of Chinese architecture and appropriate for the exhibition of small, exquisite objects requiring controlled lighting. The mezzanine also acts as a cultural bridge that solves the environmental and space problems of the existing facility while still highlighting the Collection.

The completed spaces are now a series of three interconnected galleries, including the mezzanine in Gallery Two. The entrance Gallery, level with Flora Street, houses the gift shop and the Japanese art collection. This space is designed with state of the art environmental controls and is appropriate for the display of fragile, non-stable, and light-sensitive art. The Chinese collection, including the remarkable collection of jade pieces, is housed directly above in Gallery Two. As part of Gallery Two, the Mezzanine contains larger examples of Chinese sculpture viewed against a backdrop of trees and a railing influenced by traditional Chinese garden railings. Crossing the bridge from the Chinese galleries to the Indian and Southwest Asian art displayed in Gallery Three provides time to readjust to the scale of the existing building. The monumental glass pavilion of the Crow Center is perfect for housing the two Indian marble pavilions and the great, carved sandstone Mogul building facade that forms the finale of the Collection.