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Thursday, July 02, 2020

Kennedy Center for Performing Arts expansion

Based in New York and Beijing, the firm Steven Holl Architects has given the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. an underground expansion crowned by three interconnected pavilions of white concrete. Named The REACH, it provides the complex built in 1971 by Edward Durell Stone with new facilities. The additional 6,689 square meters, mostly buried, includes a performance space seating 150, rehearsal rooms, and classrooms. The wrinkled texture of the walls optimizes acoustics. Fused with the surroundings through green roofs over the subterranean spaces, the above-surface volumes frame views to the Washington and Lincoln Monuments as well as to the Potomac River. Simulcast projections of live performances will be screened on the north wall of the largest pavilion. The landscape design was carried out by the New York practice of Edmund David Hollander and features a grove of 35 gingko trees, in reference to John F. Kennedy’s position as 35th POTUS.
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