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Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre
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DESIGNER
 
 
REX | OMA
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DESCRIPTION
 
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REX, Joshua Prince-Ramus, OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rem Koolhaas, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, DallasIn the typical theater, the proliferation of front-of-house and back-of-house spaces threatens to strangle the auditorium itself, buffering the performance from the outside world. The compact, vertical orientation of the Wyly Theatre, with its 11 storeys, allows support spaces to be stacked above and beneath the auditorium rather than wrapped around it.

REX, Joshua Prince-Ramus, OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rem Koolhaas, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, DallasNo longer shielded by transitional and technical areas – foyer, ticket counters, backstage facilities – this reimagining of the theatre typology exposes the auditorium to the city on all sides. On alternate nights, the Dallas Theatre Center, for whom the Wyly will be a new home, can perform Shakespeare in a hermetic container one night, or – opening the blackout blinds along the exterior glass walls – with the city of Dallas as a backdrop the next.

The tallness and simplicity of the box form, together with the unique visibility of the activities in the theatre, gives the building prominence in the large new complex of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. The form also facilitates innovation in the theatre’s mechanics: the conventional fly tower above the stage has been extended vertically (with program concentrated around it on multiple levels), and can pull up both scenery and seating. This allows artistic directors to rapidly change the venue into a wide array of configurations that push the limits of the ‘multi-form’ theatre: proscenium, thrust, traverse, arena, studio, and flat floor – in which the seating, and the balconies, can be removed entirely. The stage and the floor of the auditorium are deliberately made of non-precious materials – the floor can be drilled, nailed into, and painted at will. In this way, together with the easily manipulable seating and stage configuration, the Wyly Theatre seeks to preserve and elaborate the flexible, improvisatory nature of the Dallas Theatre Center's original home.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
Texas
County
Dallas
Town
Dallas
Address
Flora St., Leonard St., Jack Evans St. (Arts District)
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
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Buildings for offices and professional practises
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Bars, cafeterias
Buildings for recreational activities
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2004    
Realisation
2006 - 2009
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Dietmar Fröhlich, , "Vertikaler Antipode", Architektur Aktuell 358-359, januar-februar/january-february 2010 [Treibstoff Kultur / Spaces of Beauty], pp. 64-75
David Dillon, "Chill between Koolhaas [theatre] and Foster [opera house] could hurt Dallas project", Architectural Record 5/2005, may 2005, p. 54
"Arte e spettacolo a Dallas/New Arts District", L'Arca 196, ottobre/october 2004, "l'Arca2" p. 90
David Dillon, "Dallas unveils designs for performing arts center", Architectural Record, 7/2004, july 2004, p. 24
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CLIENT
 
 
Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
575 seats
Surface
sq.m. 7,700
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
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STAFF
 
Project leader
Joshua Prince-Ramus (REX)
Rem Koolhaas (OMA)
Project architect
Erez Ella, Vincent Bandy, Tim Archambault, Vanessa Kassabian
Design team
Haviland Argo, Steve Chen, Dan Choi, Robert Donnelly, Selva Gurdogan, Jonathan Handel, Stine Hansen, Oke Hauser, Andrew Heid, Nahyun Hwang, Ashley Klein, Trine Kobbelvedt, Natalia Ibanez Lario, Soren Sigurd Larsen, Mads Kristensen, Filip Rem, Beatriz Ramo, Gro Sarauw, Max Schwitalla, Rooshad Shroff, Gregers Tang Thomsen, Lisa Tiedje, Angelica Trevino, Kristine Wander, Monika Wittig, Dolly Yarur
Executive architect
Kendall / Heaton Associates
Rex Wooldridge, Pat Ankney, Vince Nguyen, Matt Upchurch
Structural consultant
Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Jay Taylor, Owen Kohashi, Lavina Sadhwani
Acoustical consultant
DHV
Renz van Luxemburg, Ben Kok, Theo Raijmakers
Furniture
Quinze & Milan
Arne Quinze, Tom DeGres, Alain Gilles
Graphic design
2x4
Michael Rock, Albert Lee
Lighting engineer
Tillotson Design Associates
Suzan Tillotson, Christopher Cheap
Theatre consultant
Theatre Projects Consultants
John Coyne, Benton Delinger, John Runia, David Taylor
Mechanical engineer
Transsolar / Cosentini / Plus Group
Stefan Holst, Igor Bienstock, Mark Malekshahi, Peter Lee
Vertical transportation
HKA
Daryl Anderson
Quantity surveyor
Donnell Consultants Inc.
Stewart Donnell, Athol Joffe, Steve Ryan Donnell Consultants Inc. ­ Stewart Donnell, Athol Joffe, Steve Ryan
Developer
McCarthy Construction
Gary Akin, Wayne Hendricks
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © Iwan Baan, Tim Hursley
Drawings © OMA / REX
Text edited by OMA / REX
Courtesy of OMA / REX

REX, Joshua Prince-Ramus, OMA, Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rem Koolhaas, Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre, Dallas



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