The Dee and Charles Wyly theatre in Dallas, designed by REX/OMA, has received the 2011 Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects. The AIA jury called the Wyly “a totally new way to investigate the potential of performative experimentation” which has “completely re-choreographed the way in which one experiences a theater.”
The Wyly, part of Dallas’s new AT&T Performing Arts Center, features two unique innovations: an auditorium visible from street, enabled by the tall box-like structure of the building, in which supporting services are stacked above and below the auditorium, rather than encircling it as in a standard theatre configuration. Secondly, the auditorium itself is designed for maximum flexibilty: stage, seating, balconies can be quickly reconfigured depending on the needs of the performance on the night.
The AIA Honor Awards program seeks to “establish a standard of excellent against which all architects can measure performance, and inform the public of the breadth and value of architecture practice.”