Positioned as a gateway element of the local Arts District, the new Dallas City Performance Hall is part of one of the most ambitious cultural projects in North America. Conceived as a “village for the arts”, it is entirely publicly funded, unlike the surrounding well-supported museums and performing arts centers designed by some of the world’s leading architects. The challenge for the design team, led by Leigh Breslau while at Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill, was to design within the constraints of public funding a facility that would rise to the visual quality of the surrounding venues. Described by the president of the Arts District as “worthy of the district”, this village complex fills its city block, and organizes the main performance and public spaces as building blocks flanked by “roads” and “paths” which tie together the public and private realms of the complex. The design was described as being almost musical in appearance with its softly flowing roof forms and varying building heights.
Leigh Breslau, Jeff McCarthy, Gabe Wong, Nancy Abshire
AIA Chicago Award for Design Excellence, 2015
Good Design is Good Business: Award of Excellence Architectural Record/Business Week, 2014
Spark Spaces: Gold Spark Awards, 2013
Best Performing Arts Venue D Magazine, 2013
American Architecture Award Chicago Athenaeum, 2013
Honor Award, Frank Lloyd Wright Award, AIA – Illinois Chapter, 2013