Gallery: PHOTOS: Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts...

Photo by Nathaniel Ross for Inhabitat
 
Moshe Safdie's stunning Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in late September 2011 to much acclaim - it's an architectural marvel that consists of two distinct structures formed from multiple concrete and stainless steel bands that rise up from the prairie grass, arching to a height of 65 feet and meeting in a suspended glass ceiling, which slopes down to the south side’s 330-foot-wide glass curtain wall. The interior offers panoramic views of the burgeoning Cross Roads Arts District and beyond. We recently had a chance to tour this remarkable building and bring you a first-hand look inside - read on to learn why the Kauffman Center is not only a stunning work of architecture and engineering, but also an important and vital addition to the Kansas City community as a whole.

The Kauffman Center, which opened late September 2011, is home to the Kansas City Ballet, the Kansas City Symphony, and the Lyric Opera of Kansas City. It will also host a broad spectrum of entertainment programming from around the globe – including classical, pop, and jazz music, ballet and contemporary dance, comedy shows, and Broadway productions (five world premieres will take place at the Kauffman Center in its first year alone).

The Kansas City Area Development Council recently invited Inhabitat to check out Kansas City Design Week 2012, and one of the highlights of our trip was a private tour of Moshe Safdie’s wondrous new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts! Public Relations Coordinator (and classically trained opera singer) Kristin Smithson took us on a tour of this striking building.

All photos by Nathaniel Ross for Inhabitat

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