Legend in Concert

Design Spotlight: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts

Design By Photo by Safdie Architects

Nope, this isn’t a fictitious building from a hypothetical Gattaca sequel. All 350,000 square feet of the staggering new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts are quite real and opening to the public this Fall. Designed by Moshe Safide with acoustic engineering by Yasuhisa Toyota (of Disney Hall fame), the center began work in 2006 and houses two state of the art performance venues including a 1,800 seat proscenium theater and 1,600 seat concert hall. The facility spans 13 acres and its structure is one of the most complex designs to have been built. The signature exterior feature is, yup, the roof: a series of undulating curved steel segments, which span the performing halls and eventually come to intersect with a suspended metal and glass foyer that spans the building’s width. Within its walls, the theaters themselves are sheathed in continuous, curved beechwood panels.

Heads up though. You won’t find the Kauffman Center or its slate of top tier performances in New York or Los Angeles, but rather refreshingly, in Kansas City, Missouri right up the street from their Power & Light district. If you happen to find yourself in the area on September 18, be sure to check their free open house. More photos after the jump.

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