The design of the main entry stair, plaza and water feature for the Meadows Museum on the Southern Methodist University campus enhances the museum visitor’s experience by adding a subtle element of flowing water to a reinterpretation of traditional stair. Water flows down the center of the top flight of the stair, adding subtle sound and sparkle, and disappears at the landing. The water re-emerges at the bottom of the stair, flowing through a trough and sheeting into a basin facing Bishop Boulevard.
The entry plaza and rooftop terrace also serves as a setting for other important pieces of sculpture, including a monumental modern work by Jaume Plensa titled Sho, a mesh sculpture that depicts the head of a young girl. The terrace features lawn panels, gravel paths and opportunities for changing installation of sculpture. A dramatic view of The Wave is provided by this new entry feature.