New York has the nation’s tallest skyscraper. Chicago has some fancy buildings. But one city wins when it comes to sheer density of urban design: Dallas. That’s the conclusion of Kriston Capps, who writes about housing, architecture, design, and other factors that shape cities for CityLab.
Six different Pritzker Prize-winning architects have designed signature buildings in the Dallas Arts District, all within an area that’s smaller than a square mile. All of the designers have won other prestigious awards, including Japan’s Praemium Imperiale, the American Institute of Architects’ Gold Medal, and the Royal Institute of British Architects’ Gold Medal. Dallas’ superior six includes one architect who’s been knighted by France, one who’s been knighted by England, and one who’s been named a senator for life in Italy.
Nasher Sculpture Center
Meyerson Symphony Center
Perot Museum of Nature and Science
No other geographic area in the nation this small features as much architecture by architects who have received the top honors in their fields.
For sheer density of great design in a single destination? Head to Dallas.
If you’re a big fan of Chef Stephan Pyles and his knack for great food and inspired restaurant decor, you’ll be happy to know that his newest restaurant is set to open April 28. By the end of the month you could find yourself enjoying his latest concept, a Latin-American restaurant called San Salvaje, if you can get a reservation that is.
Located in the Dallas Arts District, the restaurant is inspired by Pyles’ travels through Mexico, Central and South America, Cuba, and the Caribbean. We think it’s safe to say that this menu will be a bit different than the fabulous Texas-inspired dishes that have made Stampede 66 such a success. But we know the food will be up to the same high standard, since the current executive sous-chef of Stampede 66, Alex Astranti, will become the executive chef of San Salvaje.
The interior of the restaurant will expand on the layout of Samar, the last restaurant to occupy the space. The design will become larger than the former restaurant by enclosing a portion of the patio. New finishes will include natural stone, metal lanterns, colorful fabrics, ancient tribal masks that celebrate traditional ceremonies of South America and a wall of crosses.
There will be an exhibition kitchen with counter seating, full bar and lounge, dining room seating for 70, and private dining for 10, with views of the Arts District. An expanded patio will incorporate a boccee ball court. You can also expect an exciting cocktail list and live music on the weekends.
For more information on this exciting new venture, click here.