AT&T Performing Arts Center, Wyly Theatre

Dallas, Texas, USA

The Dallas Theater Center came to us looking for staging flexibility and performance intimacy in their new facility. In response, we devised a multiform space that can be arranged in a variety of configurations, depending on the company's artistic needs. We created advanced rigging, platform, lift, and turntable designs so the space can be configured for up to 600 seats in proscenium, thrust, arena, traverse, and flat floor arrangements. The building's dramatic design organizes 75,000 square feet in a stacked, vertical array, and gives the public uninterrupted views of the theatre through vast acoustic glass walls. In the upper regions of the REX/OMA-designed tower building, unexpected interior views give the individual spaces a feeling of openness. The Wyly Theatre rethinks the traditional form of the theatre building in a spectacular way.

ATT Performing Arts Center, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Credit: Iwan Baan
Credit: Iwan Baan
Credit: Iwan Baan
Owner

Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation

Architect

REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas | Kendall/Heaton Associates

Acoustician

Dorsserblesgraaf

Users

Dallas Theater Center (resident company), Dallas Black Dance, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and local arts organizations

Seat count

575

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Drama theatre, Multiform theatre

Services

Preliminary development including feasibility study, needs assessment, masterplan, and site and architect selection, Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2009

Venue website

attpac.org

Credit: Alex Eshelbrenner
Credit: Iwan Baan
ATT Performing Arts Center, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
Credit: Nigel Young/Foster + Partners

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