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 1,800-seat multipurpose theatre for opera, drama, musicals, dance and touring groups, and a beautiful 1600-seat vineyard-style concert hall for the Kansas City Symphony. Theatre Projects was involved in the project from the earliest stages, helping the client develop an ambitious yet achievable vision through thoughtful and iterative planning and collaboration. We worked with the foundation to establish endowment levels and rental rates, developed strategies to integrate the building into the existing cultural fabric of the city, and helped divert the design direction away from one large multipurpose hall toward the creation of two world-class venues. We designed the two venues as extremely versatile, accessible, and intimate spaces, and in pursuit of space and staffing efficiencies, we planned the building with a central support space corridor that serves both venues and runs the length of the building.