Best Building That Inspires Perfect Harmony

Austin Lyric Opera's New Building

In the 10 years that the ALO has been in town (a mere nanosecond in the world of opera), the company has engendered such enthusiasm that it has become a driving force in the revamping of the Palmer Auditorium into the Long Center for the Performing Arts. But while that structure is still a few years from being a reality, the Lyric Opera has opened the doors of its very own space with offices, rehearsal halls, and classrooms for musicians throughout the community. The incorporation of theatrical elements - the use of rich, dramatic colors (muted perhaps but still striking), set pieces in the foyer and theatrically inspired artwork in the first-floor hallway, the sidewalk nod to building patrons in bricks resembling ticket stubs - by building designers Lake|Flato also add to the appeal of the space and make it cause for celebration.

Austin Lyric Opera
901 Barton Springs Rd., 512/472-5927

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