DALLAS -- It has been a negative reflection on one of the crown jewels of the city; the new Museum Tower's highly-reflective glass, beaming damaging sunlight directly on to the Nasher Sculpture Garden.

Solar reflections beam down from the sleek Museum Tower condos just north of downtown, making a glaring problem for the unhappy neighbors. Now, Nasher officials want the city to see details what they believe is the fix.

Dallas architect Rick del Monte is talking about the computerized external louver system that would open and close, cascading down the outside of the building, dulling the sun's harshest rays.

Our goal was not to detract from this building, del Monte said. Our goal was how can we respect it, and even make it a little more interesting.

The concept was taken from the Hegau Tower in Singen, Germany. A close look at video obtained exclusively for News 8 shows louvers lowering, and the new look it gives the building, from the outside and the inside.

I think what you would notice would be the pattern of the louvers moving up and down on the facade that would make that interesting texture, del Monte said.

His presentation was made to Museum Tower officials two months ago. He said he has yet to hear back.

Museum Tower attorney Gary Lawson said the louver solution is not acceptable.

We re studying engineering reports provided by the manufacturer of the louvers, Lawson said. We have concerns about the safety related to high wind gusts on the louvers and the aesthetics of a louver treatment in the arts district.

A key concern of Museum Tower officials is that the louver scrolls would actually create damage to the exterior of their building. Not so, according to Nasher architects, who say the scrolls are a natural fit.

Museum Tower officials say they are going to release their own report on the louver solution Tuesday.

Nasher officials say the entire city would welcome any kind of dialogue at all.


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