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The Wyly Theatre, designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX and Rem Koolhaas of OMA, has opened in Dallas, Texas, as part of the new AT&T Performing Arts Center. Photo: Iwan Baan Extra Large Image

New York · 2009.1014
Stephen McDaniel, AIA, has joined the New York City office of Perkins + Will as a principal and market sector leader for science and technology. McDaniel specializes in buildings that combine research and clinical space under one roof. He was previously the leader of RMJM's science and health efforts in North America.

Philadelphia · 2009.1013
Ousama Mortada, RA, has joined Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based KlingStubbins as principal and director of Middle East Projects. Mortada will relocate to Saudi Arabia, where he will head all Middle East projects for the firm. Mortada, who is of Lebanese descent and speaks fluent Arabic, has over 25 years of professional architectural experience. The firm already has several projects in progress in the region, including master plans for a mixed-use urban community and a 14 million-square-foot (1.3 million-square-meter) university campus.

Dallas · 2009.1012
The Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre (pictured above) has opened in Dallas, Texas, as part of the new AT&T Performing Arts Center. The 12-story building was designed by Joshua Prince-Ramus of REX and Rem Koolhaas of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA).

With back-of-house and front-of-house areas stacked above and below the ground-floor auditorium rather than around it, the 575-seat performance space is visible to passersby through a glass facade, with optional blackout blinds. One large fly tower allows flexibility in the theater configuration, including proscenium, thrust, traverse, arena, studio, and flat floor arrangements.

The 80,300-square-foot (7,500-square-meter) building is clad in tubular aluminum, and includes a cocktail bar, offices, costume shop, and multipurpose rooftop space. The design was begun by the New York office of OMA when Prince-Ramus was a partner there; he subsequently purchased the office in full and renamed it REX.

The AT&T Performing Arts Center complex also includes the new Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House, designed by Norman Foster and Spencer de Grey of Foster + Partners, as well as Annette Strauss Artist Square by Foster + Partners (slated to open in 2010), City Performance Hall by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) (slated to open in 2011), and Elaine D. and Charles A. Sammons Park, designed by French landscape architect Michel Desvigne.

London · 2009.1009
The City of London, United Kingdom, has granted planning consent for a new office building designed by the London office of Fletcher Priest Architects for the Monteverde Group. The 230,000-square-foot (21,400-square-meter) building will replace an outdated building in the heart of the city and reconnect existing streets, passages, and outdoor spaces.

A series of stepped volumes will create private outdoor roof terraces with views of the Swiss Re Tower and the London skyline. The use of the rooftop gardens will be extended by a light, open ETFE-clad structure. Wall-to-wall depths are optimized to achieve excellent daylight penetration. South-facing balconies will be cantilevered to protect the interior from solar gain overlooking the new plaza below. The new structure will reuse and adapt the existing below-ground structure, which constitutes about half of the existing building. Recycled glass facades with its distinctive green tint contrasts with the clear transparency of the low iron windows.

Boston · 2009.1008
A new student residence tower has opened at Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts. Designed by Cannon Design, based in Grand Island, New York, the 396,000-square-foot (36,800-square-meter) dorm provides housing for 962 students in a wide range of apartment and suite sizes, along with 20 units for resident assistants and three apartment units designed for faculty. The facility also includes two classrooms, study spaces, music practice rooms, and gallery spaces.

Located on the Charles River, the 26-story tower takes advantage of views from Mt. Wachusett to the Harbor Islands and beyond. A terra-cotta-and-metal-panel rain-screen system was utilized for the exterior envelope cladding. Sustainable features include a highly reflective roof to reduce heat gain, double-glazed low-E coated glass to maximize transparency while providing solar shading, occupancy sensors for mechanical systems, and low-flow plumbing fixtures.

Principal Robert J. Peterson, AIA, LEED AP, led the project for Cannon Design. The dorm is the latest building in the ten-acre (four-hectare) John Hancock Student Village, master planned and designed by Cannon Design, which also includes a recreation center, arena, and other residential facilities.

Bismarck · 2009.1006
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based HGA Architects and Engineers (Hammel, Green and Abrahamson) has revealed its design for an expansion of the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota. The 97,000-square-foot (9,000-square-meter) addition will nearly double the center. HGA is working in partnership with Fargo, North Dakota-based Lightowler Johnson Associates.

The addition will shift the main entrance to a prominent corner location. It will feature a limestone exterior to match existing campus buildings, with a glass entrance atrium on the south facade. Diffuse daylight from large north-facing windows will light three main exhibit halls. Other features include a 60-seat digital theater, a cafe, outdoor patio, conference and meeting facilities, and large-scale images of historic North Dakota vistas.

Groundbreaking is slated for summer 2010, and completion for 2012.

London · 2009.1001
British architect Will Alsop has joined RMJM as the leader of a new studio branded as "Will Alsop at RMJM." Alsop will be based in the firm's London, United Kingdom, office, and will work internationally. He joins RMJM from Archial Group, to which he sold his own practice, Alsop, in 2006.

Melbourne · 2009.1001
The new ANZ Centre in Melbourne, Australia, has reached practical completion. The 13-story bank building on the Yarra River was designed by a collaboration of Hassell and Lend Lease design, part of Bovis Lend Lease.

Three principle architectural forms intertwine around a central interior space and combine to create an open, interactive workplace. The 84,450-square-meter (909,000-square-foot) office building includes 1,900 square meters (20,500 square feet of retail), as well as a gymnasium, two parking levels, and 500 bicycle racks. Sustainable features include wastewater recycling, rainwater harvesting, solar panels, wind turbines, and an underfloor air-conditioning system. The building is registered for three Green Star rating categories with the Green Building Council of Australia.

Hassell was also responsible for workplace design. The project was developed by Lend Lease Development and Bovis Lend Lease performed project management and construction.

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