Winspear Opera House
Norman Foster & Partners

November 07, 2005 /

Dallas, Texas, USA

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Located on the north side of Flora Street, in the heart of the Dallas Arts District, the Winspear Opera House will be one of the six venues that will comprise the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts.

The building is designed in a modern horseshoe configuration, to provide the best possible acoustical environment, with emphasis on pedestrian flow and integration of public spaces in the design.

The transparency of the facade will reveal views of the public concourse, upper-level foyers and grand staircase, creating a strong connection between inside and outside.

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We have striven to take the drama of performance out to the audience - formally and conceptually./Spencer de Grey
Principal Foster & Partners

A canopy will provide shade from the hot Texas sun and make the surrounding outdoor spaces an inviting venue for year-round public events.

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The design of the auditorium will permit acoustical adjustments and, through the use of retractable screens, allow flexibility for amplified performances.

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Seating 2,200 the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House will be engineered specifically for performances of opera and musical theater, with its stages designed and equipped with appropriate flooring for performances of ballet and other forms of dance.

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Facts about Winspear Opera House

Total area:

198,000 ft2
Construction start: 2006

Principal architect:
Spencer de Grey

Executive Architect:

Kendall/Heaton Associates


Sound Space Design

Theater Designer:

Theatre Projects Consultants ADA


Kevin McGuire

Civil Engineer:

Lopezgarcia Group


Buro Happold Limited


Battle McCarthy MEP/FP

Engineer of Record:

CHP & Associates

Structural Engineer of Record:



The Dallas Center for the Performing Arts

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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