Dallas Performing Arts Centre Set for Winter Launch

9 July 2009 (Last Updated July 9th, 2009 18:30)

A new $354m performing arts centre in Dallas, Texas, US, designed by Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas, is to be launched later this year. The Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts will be a multi-venue centre for music, opera, theatre, ballet and other forms of dance. A member o

A new $354m performing arts centre in Dallas, Texas, US, designed by Norman Foster and Rem Koolhaas, is to be launched later this year.

The Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts will be a multi-venue centre for music, opera, theatre, ballet and other forms of dance.

A member of the centre’s board of directors, John Eagle, said that after nearly a decade in the making, the Dallas Centre for the Performing Arts will complete the vision of a downtown arts district to act as a “cultural cornerstone for the region and drive creative vitality”.

The centre will feature the 2,300-capacity Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Foster + Partners in a modern horseshoe configuration.

The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre is designed by Rex/Oma, Joshua Prince-Ramus and Rem Koolhaas, with a 600 seating capacity.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the new Annette Strauss Artist Square will be the centre’s outdoor entertainment venue.

The City Performance Hall will provide main stage production space for many of Dallas’ smaller performing arts organisations, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The centre is scheduled to open on 12 October.