NY Times Wasn't Wowed By Jerryworld. So, Then, How About the Wyly and Winspear?
|A view from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Monday, when it made its official bow|
As for Norman Foster's Winspear -- where, we learned yesterday, the seats are wide enough to accommodate big bottoms -- he says the lobby is a reworking of Charles Garnier's Paris Opera, while the main performance hall "is an elegant if familiar space that is more about putting you at ease than about sex appeal." (In other words: It's no Walt Disney Concert Hall, but what is?) So, the final verdict?
Taken with the Wyly Theater's design, [the Winspear] is a welcome contribution to this city's growing cultural district, helping to fill it out with the kind of strong, serious forms that can begin to give Dallas the cultural presence that it has never had. The no-nonsense approach of these buildings -- one cautiously experimental, the other more backward looking -- should fit nicely in our new era of cautious restraint, even if they were designed when the excesses were still not over.There's also a slide show. Its headline: "A Cultural Heart for Big D." Aw.