The new Dallas Opera redefines the essence of an opera house in the XXI century , breaking old barriers to make opera accessible to a wider audience. In response to the climate of Dallas , a generous deck extends from the building, leaving in it a fully glazed lobby 18 meters high . Below deck a covered plaza becomes a new public space for Dallas. Under a lower deck , the transition from the Great Plaza through the foyer into the auditorium , is designed to enhance the feeling of being at a show – in effect, ” bringing theater to the audience. ” The grand staircase , flowing from one side of the cylinder, connecting all areas of the lobby and gives the audience a request to stop, meet and observe. Gateways in the cylinder allow the audience to move horizontally in each of the levels of balconies. In terms of organization , Opera creates a series of clear spaces open to the public, involving a red glass cylinder , containing an auditorium with capacity for 2,200 people. The building , besides being an integral part of the cultural circuit of Dallas, is a destination for people who have no connection with the opera, a restaurant and a cafe open to the public during the day.
The auditorium itself creates an intimate environment for artists. a chandelier made from acrylic rod 320 becomes an inverted cone of light , which ascends to heaven from the audience at the beginning of the show.
* Location : Dallas , Texas, United States
* Architects: Foster + Partners
* Team: Norman Foster, Spencer de Grey, Stefan Behling , Michael Jones , James McGrath , Bjørn Polzin , Laszlo Pallagi , Morgan Fleming , Leonhard Weil , John Small , Ingrid Sölker , Hugh Whitehead , Francis Aish
* Client: AT & T Performing Arts Center
* associate Architect : Kendall Heaton Associates
* Builder: Linbeck Construction
* Acoustics : Sound Space Design
* Theatre Consultant : Theatre Projects Consultants
* Structural Engineering : Buro Happold , Thornton -Tomasetti Engineers
* : Battle McCarthy , CHP & Associates