Design + Architecture

The Visionaries

by Suzanne Wales


On the horizon: Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas

A theorist, writer, and professor, Koolhaas' suggestions are often radical and unexpected—such as introducing running tracks in skyscrapers—and at other times groundbreaking in their simplicity. For the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, the showpiece of the new downtown Dallas Center for the Performing Arts complex (comprising five different venues, and due to open early 2009), the design avoids the traditional layout of a theater. Instead of surrounding the auditorium with support spaces such as rehearsal rooms, offices, etc., they're stacked ten stories above it (and one below), and the auditorium itself is enclosed in glass. What's more, the exterior walls of the cube structure can be lowered and raised much like a theater curtain. And if the audience gets bored with the show, they'll be able to look onto the city instead.

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