Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation


Sammons Park at AT&T Performing Arts Center

Dallas, Texas

10 acres, 4 hectares

Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning and Design

Merit Award -- Landscape Architectural Design, Building of America Award

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“We have been very fortunate on this project to attract and secure the finest design talent and technical consultants from all over the world. SmithGroupJJR played a critical role in this project . . .”

—Doug Curtis, VP, Design & Construction


Ask Dallas Arts District patrons about Sammons Park, and they'll call it a must-visit, the heart of the city's new performing arts center. But they may not know its inviting lawns and gathering areas are an intensive green roof set atop underground parking. Designed by Michel Desvigne of Paris in collaboration with SmithGroupJJR, the memorable open space—with its covered garden and monumental reflecting pool—weaves together the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Theatre, Strauss Square and City Performance Hall, providing a major community amenity.

With many stakeholders and a global team of consultants, the design team's process was essential to forging consensus. A strikingly simple, flexible combination of lawns and planted gardens resulted, linked by paved pathways. A mix of perennials, bulbs and grasses offer bursts of color year 'round. The signature feature is a memorable reflecting pool by the opera house.

For performance events as well as picnics and formal gatherings, Sammons Park is a compelling public venue. It not only completes the vision for the Arts District, it adds depth to the downtown Dallas experience.

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