1YEAR2GO

Aretha will be in KC in September to kick off the 1YEAR2GO before the opening of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. The building is going to be absolutely beautiful.  I wish I had stopped to take a photograph when only the shell was there… it was quite impressive.

What inspired the two soaring arch shapes of the building’s design?

Architect Moshi Safdie was quick to share that he expected people to find their own associations and interpretation for the building.  But he was glad to share his sense of the design.

“For me it was an association with music and with musical instruments. The lobby is made up of a cable structure that is anchored by the auditorium, supported by inclined columns and cables, evoking for me stringed instruments. On the north side, it takes on another character. Stage towers usually create ugly backs of buildings. Here we developed a system of arches that hover and contain the building, with a similar geometry all around, on the same radius, swinging in slight rotation.  For me it provides a sense of musical progression. Overall the building feels to me to be about music and performance.”  And a fitting place to bring artist and audience together.

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~ by kcjewel on September 5, 2010.

2 Responses to “1YEAR2GO”

  1. That’s a very impressive structure! I like the ideas of the architect.

  2. Wow! That’s going to be SOME building! Impressive is right!

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