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Grand Opening of Kauffman Center For The Performing Arts (HD)

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Uploaded on Sep 20, 2011

A long video detailed on the Grand Opening of The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. An event center with two huge theatres. Located in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, USA, at 16th and Broadway near the Power & Light District, the Sprint Center and the Crossroads Arts District. It is part of the ongoing redevelopment of downtown Kansas City.

The Center was created as a non-profit organization. Unlike some other major civic construction projects, no taxpayer funds have gone into its construction. The City of Kansas City, however, has built and will operate a parking garage at the Center.

It will be performance home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City, and the Kansas City Ballet which in the past performed eight blocks north of the center at the Lyric Theatre (Kansas City, Missouri)

The Center itself is an approximately 285,000 square foot (26,500 m2) facility with two sophisticated performance venues: the 1,800-seat proscenium-style Muriel Kauffman Theatre and 1,600-seat concert Helzberg Hall. The Kauffman Center covers 13 acres (53,000 m2), including landscaped grounds over a 1,000-space underground parking garage. The technical requirements and exacting standards required of a facility like the Kauffman Center make it one of the most complex structures in the world to design and build. The cost of the project was approximately $413 million, including a $40 million operating endowment.
DesignersThe Kauffman Center was designed by lead architect Moshe Safdie, acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, theater consultant Richard Pilbrow, and engineering firm Arup. Local firm BNIM was the executive architect.

ArchitectureThe structure of the Kauffman Center is formed by a series of undulating vertical segments of a circle, forming the northern container of the Muriel Kauffman Theatre's backstage, and Helzberg Hall. They form an ascending, segmented, gently curving, crown to the building. From the crest, the roof descends in a curve following the geometry of a torus of light cables, metal and glass structure toward the South. The tensile forces of the suspended glass roof of the foyer are counteracted by a series of cables tying down the structure to anchors at the entrance terrace. The curved, segmented northern walls are sheathed with stainless steel and punctuated by perpendicular, acid-etched, limestone-colored, pre-cast concrete walls. The theater facades are sheathed with beechwood panels forming continuous, curved, stacked balconies. The various lounges form sculptural shapes visible under the glass foyer structure.

The Center Features 2 Concert halls -

The Muriel Kauffman Theatre is an 1,800-seat proscenium-style theater for general theatrical performances, ballet and opera.

The Helzberg Hall is a 1,600-seat concert hall.[ It features vineyard-style seating on all four sides of the stage. It also contains a pipe organ built by the firm Casavant Frères in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, Canada.
The two venues are joined by the Brandmeyer Great Hall with an expansive view open to the South. The hall will be used by patrons on performance nights and will also be available for special events held at the Kauffman Center.

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