310,000 square feet
1,800 seat Proscenium Theater
1,600 seat Concert Hall
Completion: Fall 2011
With Moshe Safdie and Associates, Inc.
The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will soon be counted among the finest performing arts venues in the world because of its superior acoustics, complex geometry and momentous spaces of exquisite design, detailing and construction. Designed by Moshe Safdie and Associates, in collaboration with renowned acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota and BNIM as joint architect of record, this facility was designed to produce near perfect acoustics, promising an exceptional experience for performers and audiences alike. Upon completion, the new center will provide two world-class performance halls for the resident organizations of the Kansas City Ballet, the Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Symphony and will contain a 1,800-seat proscenium theater and a 1,600-seat concert hall.
The new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts will be one of the most significant cultural facilities in the Midwest and will have a transformative effect on Kansas City’s urban core, economy and thriving arts community. Not only will the new structure and venue contribute to the livability of the downtown area and add to the redevelopment efforts of the urban core, but also it will open a vital corridor between the heart of the city and the heart of the adjacent Crossroads Arts District....more