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BUILDING
 
 
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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DESIGNER
 
 
Moshe Safdie

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DESCRIPTION
 
Moshe Safdie Kauffman Center for Performing Arts Kansas CityThree performance spaces––a proscenium theater, a concert hall, and a banquet hall––are placed along the ridgeline of the site, facing south. A glazed foyer serves the two major halls; a smaller foyer is attached to the banquet hall. Patrons proceed to a lower lobby, which opens to the view south and the terraced gardens, and then enter by grand staircase or elevator to the main lobby.

Moshe Safdie Kauffman Center for Performing Arts Kansas CityThe enveloping structure of the complex is a series of undulating, vertical segments of a circle forming the northern container of the theater's stage, concert hall, and experimental theater. As these elements ascend, they create a segmented, gently curving crown to the building. From this crest, the roof descends in a curve following the toroidal geometry of light cables, metal, and glass toward the south. The roof intersects with an outwardly inclined and curved glass wall, which contains the foyer with a southern view. The tensile forces of the suspended glass foyer roof are counteracted by a series of cables tying down the structure to anchors at the entrance terrace. The curved, segmented northern walls are sheathed in silvery stainless steel and punctuated by acid-etched, limestone-colored, precast concrete perpendicular walls.

The roof is stainless steel over the performing halls, changing to glass over the foyers. The glass enclosure opens the foyer to dramatic views of the sky and skyline. At night, seen from the exterior, the glazing disappears and reveals the dramatically lit theater facades and activity within the public areas.
The theater facades are clad in veneer plaster forming continuous curved, stacked balconies. The lobby bars form sculptural shapes visible under the glass structure.

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LOCATION
 
Continent
North America
Nation
United States
State
Missouri
County
Clay
Town
Kansas City
Address
Central Street (Broadway Boulevard, W 16th Street, Wyandotte Street, W 17th Street)
 
 
Website
E-mail
contact@kauffmancenter.org
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TYPOLOGY
 
Main
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for recreational activities
Auditoriums and music centres
Theatres
Additional
ARCHITECTURE
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Transport buildings and structures
Garages, car parking, etc.
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
1999     project winner of limited competiton
Realisation
2006 - 2011
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CLIENT
 
 
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
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AMOUNT
 
 
$ 413,000,000
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Capacity
theatre 1,800 seats
concert hall 1,600 seats

garage 1,000 cars
Surface
sq.m. 52,609 (13 acre)

theatre stage sq.m. 465 (sq.ft. 5,000)
concert hall platform for musician sq.m. 223 (sq.ft 2,400)
Height
fly space above the stage of theatre m. 22,5 (ft. 74)
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Arup
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STAFF
 
Project
Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc.
Associate architect
BNIM Architects
Theatre consultant
Richard Pilbrow
Acoustical consultant
Yasu Toyota
 
 
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