The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, a new multi-venue Center for music, opera, theater and dance will open in 2009, completing the 25-year dream of the Dallas Arts District. The most significant performing arts complex to be built since Lincoln Center in New York, the Center will provide multi-state-of-the-art facilities woven together by an urban park covering more than ten acres to create a dynamic cultural destination that is unparalleled in the world.
The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts will create new landmarks on the Dallas skyline, with stunning buildings designed by some of the world's greatest architects:
• The Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House brings the design of the grandest opera halls in Europe into the 21st century, with a transparent, welcoming space that will become a focal point of the Dallas Arts District.
• One of the world's most innovative theatres, the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will be an unprecedented, "stacked," vertically constructed venue that completely rethinks the traditional form of theatre.
• The new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be home to the city's greatest outdoor performing arts productions.
• The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas’ smaller performing arts organizations.
• The new ten-acre Performance Park will surround the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts, creating an oasis for visitors.
• An underground parking structure will accommodate 600 vehicles.
• 42 St Museum Tower
• 24 St One Arts Plaza Tower
• 2 More Arts Plaza Towers are planed as well.
• Booker T Washington Center for Performing Arts Expansion
Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre will be one of the world’s most innovative theatre facilities. The 12-level building will feature a groundbreaking design with an unprecedented “stacked,” vertically organized facility that completely rethinks the traditional form of theatre.
Unlike a typical theatre setting, this unique design for the Wyly Theatre places these spaces either above or below the auditorium, enabling maximum interaction and flexibility of performance space and seating. The facility’s advanced mechanized “superfly” system can pull up both scenery and seating, allowing artistic directors to rapidly change the venue to a wide array of configurations, including proscenium, thrust, arena, flat floor and traverse, depending on stage configuration. The flexibility of the facility will allow the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts to host a wide range of performances at the Wyly Theatre, including classical and experimental drama, dance and musical productions, world-renowned vocalists, as well as lectures and films.
The interchangeable structural components of the building and transparent exterior will allow for outside pedestrian views into the Wyly Theatre, as well as audience views of the surrounding outdoor areas.
Design of the Wyly Theatre is by REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (Partner in Charge) and Rem Koolhaas.
Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House.
Designed by Foster + Partners under Pritzker Prize-winning architect Norman Foster and Senior Design Partner Spencer de Grey, the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House will be engineered specifically for performances of opera and musical theatre, with stages equipped for performances of ballet and other forms of dance.
A 21st century reinterpretation of the traditional “horseshoe” opera house, the 2,200-seat Winspear’s principal performance space, the Margaret McDermott Performance Hall, is designed to be the standard upon which all 21st century opera houses will be measured.
The opera house’s principal entrance, the Gateway, features the Annette and Harold Simmons Signature Glass Façade that ascends to the full 60-foot height of the building creating a seamless flow between the opera house and the surrounding park. The transparent façade provides dramatic views of McDermott Performance Hall, which will be clad in vibrant red glass panels, as well as the Grand Lobby, the staircase and the Mary Anne and Richard Cree Box Circle and Grand Tier levels. From within the Winspear Opera House, the Simmons Glass Façade provides a sweeping view of downtown Dallas.
Radiating from the Winspear Opera House on all sides, the Grand Portico will provide shade over three acres of the Performance Park, creating new outdoor spaces for visitors to gather and relax.
Booker T Washington Center for Performing Arts