OMA / REX architecture: wyly theatre opens in dallas

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the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA (joshua prince ramus, partner in charge and rem koolhaas)
at the AT &T performing arts center in dallas
photo by iwan baan
the dee and charles wyly theatre, dallas has opened today. the wyly theatre part of
the city’s new AT & T performing arts center is designed by joshua prince-ramus (partner
in charge, now REX) and rem koolhaas (founder of OMA).
unlike a typical theatre, the wyly accommodates back-of-house and front-of-house
areas above and beneath the auditorium rather than wrapped around it, liberating its
perimeter – a glass façade with optional blackout blinds – for direct contact with
the urban surroundings. passers by have the chance to glimpse the action inside;
the theatre itself, which seats up to 575 and can offer views of the city of dallas as
a backdrop.
the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallas
photo by iwan baan
rem koolhaas, who will be giving a lecture in the wyly theatre on 15 october at 4pm,
commented: ‘by stacking all facilities necessary for the functioning of a theatre
in a single vertical volume, we create a situation where the technologies of the stage
define an infinite variety of theatre arrangements, from the completely open to
the completely enclosed.’
the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallas
photo by tim hursley
with 12 storeys clad in distinctive tubular aluminium, the wyly has a commanding
presence on the south side of the AT&T performing arts center complex. the building
has a total area of 7,500m2 (80,300 square feet) and includes a cocktail bar, offices,
costume shop, and a multipurpose rooftop space. the wyly uses a state-of-the-art
‘superfly’ tower, able to efficiently move both scenery and seating, facilitating flexibility
and experimentation in the configuration of a theatre space: proscenium, thrust,
traverse, arena, studio, and flat floor arrangements can be set up in less than a day.
the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallas
joshua prince-ramus and rem koolhaas’s design for the wyly theatre started in 2004
at OMA’s rotterdam headquarters, and was subsequently developed in OMA’s new york
office. in 2006, prince-ramus left OMA to form REX, where he continued to oversee
the construction of the wyly. since 2006, OMA’s new york office has been headed by
OMA partner shohei shigematsu, who oversees a range of projects including cornell
university’s milstein hall, currently under construction.


the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA (joshua prince ramus, partner in charge and rem koolhaas)at the AT &T performing arts center in dallasphoto by iwan baan
the dee and charles wyly theatre, dallas has opened today. the wyly theatre part ofthe city’s new AT & T performing arts center is designed by joshua prince-ramus (partnerin charge, now REX) and rem koolhaas (founder of OMA).
unlike a typical theatre, the wyly accommodates back-of-house and front-of-houseareas above and beneath the auditorium rather than wrapped around it, liberating itsperimeter – a glass façade with optional blackout blinds – for direct contact withthe urban surroundings. passers by have the chance to glimpse the action inside;the theatre itself, which seats up to 575 and can offer views of the city of dallas asa backdrop.

the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallasphoto by iwan baan
rem koolhaas, who will be giving a lecture in the wyly theatre on 15 october at 4pm,commented: ‘by stacking all facilities necessary for the functioning of a theatrein a single vertical volume, we create a situation where the technologies of the stagedefine an infinite variety of theatre arrangements, from the completely open tothe completely enclosed.’

the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallasphoto by tim hursley
with 12 storeys clad in distinctive tubular aluminium, the wyly has a commandingpresence on the south side of the AT&T performing arts center complex. the buildinghas a total area of 7,500m2 (80,300 square feet) and includes a cocktail bar, offices,costume shop, and a multipurpose rooftop space. the wyly uses a state-of-the-art’superfly’ tower, able to efficiently move both scenery and seating, facilitating flexibilityand experimentation in the configuration of a theatre space: proscenium, thrust,traverse, arena, studio, and flat floor arrangements can be set up in less than a day.

the dee and charles wyly theatre designed by REX/OMA at the AT &T performing arts center in dallas
joshua prince-ramus and rem koolhaas’s design for the wyly theatre started in 2004at OMA’s rotterdam headquarters, and was subsequently developed in OMA’s new yorkoffice. in 2006, prince-ramus left OMA to form REX, where he continued to overseethe construction of the wyly. since 2006, OMA’s new york office has been headed byOMA partner shohei shigematsu, who oversees a range of projects including cornelluniversity’s milstein hall, currently under construction.

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