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The new home of the Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony, and Lyric Opera of Kansas was designed by Moshe Safdie.
Press photograph of Kauffman Center Hall and Terrace side, in evening, Kansas City in background.

Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, Kansas City, Missouri, was designed by Israeli-born architect Moshe Safdie

Press/media photo by Tim Hursley ©2011 Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, All Rights Reserved.


  • Opening Date: September 16, 2011
  • Size: 285,000 square feet (total)
  • Performance Spaces: Muriel Kauffman Theatre (18,900-square-foot house; 1,800 seats); Helzberg Hall (16,800-square-foot house; 1,600 seats); Brandmeyer Great Hall (15,000 square feet); Terrace (113,000 square feet)
  • Architect: Moshe Safdie / Safdie Architects
  • Original Vision: a sketch on a napkin
  • Southern Exposure: An open shell of glass (roof and walls) welcomes the city to artistic performance and surrounds the patrons with Kansas City weather. The Terrace, with steel cables visible, mimics a stringed instrument.
  • Northern Exposure: Arched, wave-like walls covered in stainless steel, from the ground upward.
  • Construction Materials: 40,000 square feet of glass; 10.8 million pounds of structural steel; 25,000 cubic yards of concrete; 1.93 million pounds of plaster; 27 steel cables

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Source: Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts Fact Sheet [www.kauffmancenter.org/wp-content/uploads/Kauffman-Center-Fact-Sheet_FINAL_1.18.11.pdf accessed June 20, 2012]

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