AT&T PAC's "Giant Transformer," the Wyly, Honored By American Institute of Architects
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And what say the judges about the "bad-ass giant Transformer"? This:
The Dallas Theater Center (DTC) is known for its innovative work, the result of its leadership's constant experimentation and the provisional nature of its former, long-time home. The DTC's previous accommodation -- a makeshift metal shed -- freed its users from the limitations imposed by a fixed-stage configuration and the need to protect expensive interior finishes.
The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre overcame these challenges by positioning back-of-house and front-of-house facilities above and beneath the auditorium, instead of encircling it. This unprecedented stacked design transforms the building into a "theater machine" that extends the technologies of the fly tower and stage into the auditorium to provide an almost infinite variety of stage-audience configurations; liberates the performance hall's perimeter to allow fantasy and reality to mix when and where desired; and manifests a strong presence in the Dallas Arts District despite its relatively modest size.