MASHE SAFDIE – POST EIGHT

Safdie has additionally designed many high profile buildings stateside. One of theses buldings is, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts located in Kansas City, Missouri. The project played a huge role in the redevelopment of Kansas City.  It is now the home the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet.

Due to the standards and requirements for a building of this nature, it was one of the most complex structures in the world to design and build.  Thus, the building took five years to complete. At completion, the building contained 40,000 square feet of glass, 25,000 cubic yards of concrete, and 27 steel cables.

The exterior of the building consists of two half shells. Each shell contains acoustically independent performance venue, although the backstage area between both is shared. Safdie described the lobby as an expansive porch contained by a glass tent-like structure. The glass is a key factor of the building, giving those inside an opportunity to look out over Kansas City.

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