GFF’s mission statement certainly rings true to the spaces and places we create, but our ability to do so is certainly influenced by the way we’ve experienced the beautiful, uplifting, sustainable and authentic spaces and places in our own lives. See below for a summary of the places around the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex—where we live and work—which each member of the Womble Studio has found most memorable (In their own words)!
Lynn Hake: Kimbell Art Museum—Fort Worth
Designed by Louis I. Kahn and finished in 1972, the building itself is considered a work of art and one of the most significant works of architecture of recent times.
Perry Weber: Klyde Warren Park – Dallas
My most memorable place in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is none other than Klyde Warren Park because besides all of the impressive structural feats it contains, it acts as a pedestrian friendly way to connect two different types of areas of Dallas. I love the environment it provides for the community to create awesome experiences, it’s also a great people watching spot.
Ryan Wilson: Sons of Hermann Halls – Deep Ellum, Dallas
My most memorable building in Dallas is the Sons Of Hermann Hall building in Deep Ellum. It was built as a lodge for the Sons of Hermann fraternal organization in 1911. Over the years it has added a bowling alley, served as a concert space and dance hall, and has seen some air time on the show Dallas and Robo Cop. It holds a memorable place in my heart because it is the home of swing dancing in Dallas. You can find me there nearly every Wednesday dancing into the night.
Tyler Cini: The Grape Restaurant – Dallas
While there are many other places I spend my time or eat more often, the cheesy most memorable place in the metroplex for me is The Grape on Lower Greenville because it’s where my fiancée and I went on our first date [a little over four] years ago. I will always remember the place my life changed forever, and it speaks to the way that a space can be a conduit; memorable for something greater than its program.
Matt Blake: Trinity River Trail System – Fort Worth
I grew up exploring the Trinity River System in Fort Worth. My friends and I would ride our bikes up the trails, go fishing, and catch turtles. The river has always been a memorable place to me because it was the first time I had the freedom to explore on my own. I still walk and ride bikes with my friends and family along the Trinity River banks, and I’m sure in the future my kids will too.
Jennifer Workman Blevins: Perot Museum of Nature and Science—Dallas
The Perot museum is a memorable place for me because it was my only project for 4 ½ years and I was heavily invested in its design and construction. It is a building that helped change the landscape of downtown and provided a memorial to science for many years to come.
Eduardo Balderrama: Klyde Warren Park—Dallas
This place is memorable for the way it injects vitality and movement to the area; the positive energy that emanates from the park. Smiles and laughter are synonymous of Klyde Warren Park.
Mia Ovcina: Fort Worth Water Gardens—Fort Worth
I consider the Fort Worth Water Gardens one of the most memorable places in North Texas. Visiting the water gardens is a truly unique experience, each fountain creates a distinct physical environment which in turn inspires its own set of emotions for the visitor. As you move through the different fountains, a sense of discovery weaves these various physical interactions and feelings together. All of this comes together in a cumulative experience that’s hard to forget.
John Womble: Dallas World Aquarium – Dallas
Perhaps it’s not the most Architecturally significant building in the DFW, but the Dallas World Aquarium is definitely one of the most memorable places in the area for me. The large atrium space is a unique experience, and exploring all the various exhibits the with my boys has taken “memorable” up to a new level.
Josh Brown: Perot Museum of Nature and Science – Dallas
The most memorable place in DFW to me is the Perot Museum. The architectural design is very modern/contemporary so it sticks out to me. The building layout is very unique in how you proceed through the building.
Be on the look out for a follow-up post highlighting the Womble Studio’s most memorable places in the world!