Recognized for designing some of the world’s tallest buildings, architect Marshall Strabala has designed the Houston Ballet’s sleek new “Center for Dance,” one of his smallest buildings ever. The 115,000-square-foot facility opened in April 2011 and the Houston Chronicle
has said that it “could be the most exciting new architecture Houston has seen in decades.”
Located in Houston’s downtown theatre district, the six-story structure was designed with sustainable features and boasts nine dance studios, a dance lab that seats 200 for presentations and rehearsals, and artistic, administrative and support facilities for Houston Ballet and its academy.
Strabala previously designed another noted performing arts venue, the LG Art Center, a 1103-seat auditorium in Seoul, Korea, for which he won a USITT Architecture Award.
Strabala, who has said the Houston Ballet is his favorite work to date, designed the building while Director of Design at Gensler. He now leads 2DEFINE Architecture, a global architectural firm with offices in Shanghai, Seoul and Chicago.
Strabala is perhaps best known for designing three of the world’s tallest buildings: the Burj Khalifa (which he did with Adrian Smith); Nanjing Greenland Financial Centre in Nanjing, China; and the 128-story Shanghai Tower, now under construction in Shanghai’s Pudong district and slated for 2014 completion.
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