KAUFFMAN CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Kansas City, Missouri

Composed of a proscenium theater, concert hall, and banquet hall, and located in downtown Kansas City, MO, the Kauffman Center serves as a catalyst for social, educational, and economic vitality in the city and the region. The Center is one of the most technically and architecturally advanced performing arts spaces in the nation, enabling its presenters and resident companies to stage more sophisticated work, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster the cross fertilization of audiences.

Project overview ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Project overview ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Project overview ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Project overview ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Kauffman Center and the city ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Kauffman Center and the city ©️2011 Timothy Hursley

The 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.

包络结构 ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
The enveloping structure ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Theater ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Theater ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Theater ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Theater ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Concert hall ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Concert hall ©️2011 Timothy Hursley

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.

Glass foyer roof ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Glass foyer roof ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Cables ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Cables ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Northern walls ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Northern walls ©️2011 Timothy Hursley

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.

Foyer ©️2011 Timothy Hursley
Foyer ©️2011 Timothy Hursley

Project drawings

Plan ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Plan ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Plan ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Plan ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Elevation ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Elevation ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Elevation ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Elevation ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Roof ©️2011 Safdie Architects
Roof ©️2011 Safdie Architects

Project information

CLIENTKauffman Center for the Performing Arts 
COSTUS $304 million
SIZE356,000 sq ft
COMPLETION2011

Editing and translation: Chuichui, ©️FULLDES authorized publishing, copyright from the Author, Image copyright from the photographer or Company.

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