Dallas Center for the Performing Arts opens
The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, a new multi-venue center for music, opera, theater, and dance, will open this month, completing the 25-year vision of the Dallas Arts District. Foster + Partners, Rem Koolhaas, Joshua Prince-Ramus, and Skidmore Owings & Merrill are among the architecture firms involved in the development, which includes four venues unified by a 10-acre park.
Wyly Theatre (above), designed by Prince-Ramus and Koolhaas, rethinks the traditional form of theater, placing support spaces either above or below the auditorium, enabling maximum interaction and flexibility of performance space and seating. The facility's mechanized “superfly” system can pull up both scenery and seating, allowing directors to rapidly change the venue to a wide array of configurations.