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.
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts FoundationArchitect
REX/OMA, Joshua Prince-Ramus (partner in charge) and Rem Koolhaas | Kendall/Heaton AssociatesAcoustician
Dallas Theater Center (resident company), Dallas Black Dance, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and local arts organizations
New constructionTheatre type
Drama theatre, Multiform theatre
Preliminary development including feasibility study, needs assessment, masterplan, and site and architect selection, Programming, concept design, theatre planning, and theatre equipment design and specificationCompletion