The new Wyly Theatre.
Oh Dallas, you have so much to answer for, between the assassination of J.F.K. and those hotpants-clad Cowboys cheerleaders. But the Texas city is making amends with the AT+T Performing Arts Center
, a 10-acre, four-venue facility that’s the largest cultural institute to be built in the U.S. in 50 years. The initial two components, with a connecting urban park, opened Tuesday. The 575-seat Wyly Theatre, designed by OMA
, is a stage manager’s dream, featuring a fly system that can retract the balconies, proscenium, and floor; rotate or remove the orchestra seating, and even open part of the transparent exterior curtain wall. The idea was to “eliminate the distinction between stage and auditorium”—and in turn, performer and audience—says REX principal Joshua Prince-Ramus. Similarly, the desire to break down the barriers between a traditional high art form and the public at large shaped Fosters + Partners’
Winspear Opera House. Passersby may picnic beneath the structure’s solar canopy, dine in its lobby-level restaurant and café, or attend a show in the 2,200-seat performance hall, which is enclosed by bright-red glass. Foster + Partners are also designing the Center’s Annette Strauss Artist Square, an outdoor venue that will open in 2010, while Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
will complete the final piece, the City Performance Hall, in 2011.
Winspear Opera House - It's so new, we still have to use the rendering.