Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 Flora Street Dallas
I.M. Pei 1989
concert hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center was the firm's third building in
Dallas: an arts building to complement the
already complete. It offered Pei an opportunity to push further his
geometrical approach to design: "Geometry has always been the underpinning
of my architecture, and in the early work it was relatively simplistic."
Here the grand curved skylights, which Pei described as "lenses", became
part of a bold and intriguing geometry to encourage people to enter the
geometry translates into grand curves in the internal foyer, accentuated by
the shadowing of the diagonal glazing from the skylights. The
Baroque-influenced curves are particularly dramatic from the staircase up
from the underground car-park entrance.
symphony hall is also famous for its cost - over $80 million - as a group of
oil-rich clients, without clear leadership, gradually acceded to more and
more of Pei's perfectionism. The result is indeed a beautifully finished
How to visit
The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center is
on the north edge of the Arts District in downtown
Dallas - a two-minute walk from Renzo Piano's wonderful
Nasher Sculpture Center.
The main entrance to the Meyerson Symphony Center is on Flora Street,
between Pearl and Leonard Streets.
Parking is available in the Arts District
Parking Garage, on Woodall Rogers and Pearl Street, Crockett Street, and
Ross Avenue just after Leonard Street. Surface parking lots are also
available at Pearl and Olive Street.
Public tours of the
building are offered at 1pm on most days. For more information and for
opening times and concert programs please call +1
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