|I M Pei's Fountain Tower peeks through downtown Dallas|
A recent visit to Dallas, Texas revealed that the city's tourist attractions are of an idiosyncratic, even peculiar, type: the death of JFK, the trial of Bonnie & Clyde, J R Ewing and Southfork Ranch, and the new George W Bush Presidential Library. Then there's the steaks, the beers and the cowboys.
But if these enticements aren't enough to attract you, or the rather empty and characterless streets of downtown Dallas don't appeal, might I suggest looking a little higher, or perhaps a little more closely, at the architectural gems embedded in an otherwise uninspiring cityscape? It seems that the rich folks of Dallas (and it's a place where that phrase really means something) like to collect architecture, with the result that the city has a cluster of superlative buildings by some very big names in modern architecture. I M Pei seems to have been quite a favourite. Many of the buildings bear the names of the provate donors - Dallas is quite a place for building public buildings from private purses.
|Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House |
Norman Foster & Partner, principal architect Spencer de Grey
|Opera House - Norman Foster & Associates|
The Annette and Harold Simmons Signature Glass Façade
wraps around the building - yep, donors for the glass facade, apparently
|The bright red cap of the Opera House against the skyline|
|Renzo Piano - Nasher Sculpture Center|
|Fountain Place - I M Pei|
|The Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge|
|Perot Museum of Science & Nature|
|Museum Tower - residential tower block|
Scott Johnson of Johnson Fain
|View of Dallas from Thanksgiving Tower|
Dallas, the 3rd-most populous city in the U.S. state of Texas, is home to 262 high-rises, 28 of which stand taller than 400 feet (122 m). The tallest building in the city is the 72-story Bank of America Plaza, which rises 921 feet (281 m) in Downtown Dallas and was completed in 1985. Read all about Dallas's highrises here.