Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Both an icon for Kansas City and the architectural world, this new 285,000 square foot arts center includes a stunning multipurpose theatre for opera, drama, musicals, dance and touring groups, and a beautiful vineyard-style concert hall for the Kansas City Symphony. The 1,800-seat multipurpose theatre features a flexible proscenium, full fly tower, and a 95-person orchestra pit that can raise to floor level for extra seating using custom lifts and seating wagons. In the concert hall, we designed a motorized stage and machinery that allows the venue to change from a flat floor to a tiered configuration in 60 seconds. We were involved with the facility’s design from the earliest stages, helping divert the project direction away from one large multipurpose hall toward the creation of two world-class venues. The two halls are extremely intimate and share a robust collection of support spaces which run the length of the building.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Brian Rice, courtesy of Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Timothy Hursley
Credit: Timothy Hursley

Land Capital Corporation


Safdie Architects | BNIM Architects


Nagata Acoustics


Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and Kansas City Symphony

Seat count

1600, 1800

Construction type

New construction

Theatre type

Arts center, Concert hall, Multipurpose theatre, Opera house


Masterplan, visioning, business planning, feasibility study, programming, concept design, theatre planning, theatre equipment design and specification



Venue website


Credit: Chris Lee, courtesy of the Kansas City Symphony
Credit: Timothy Hursley
Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
Credit: Timothy Hursley

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