The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, DC, 2013
Civic/Government, Performing Arts
40,000 sq meters
(430,560 sq feet)
Aerial Rendering (Top Left)
The initial concept for this landmark project includes a streamlined plaza, two new curved steel and glass buildings set beside a central fountain that runs from 23rd Street to the Kennedy Center, a pedestrian walkway and connection to the waterfront. Rafael Viñoly will work in collaboration with architects selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation to design and implement a comprehensive plan for the new plaza. The Plaza Project will make the Center more accessible to pedestrians and tie it to the memorial center of Washington, while the new buildings on it will house the Center’s extensive education programs, interactive exhibitions focusing on the performing arts in America and expanded rehearsal and office facilities for the Center and the Washington Opera. The project is part of a plan that includes the construction of a plaza set on top of the Potomac Freeway improving dramatically the access to the Center. The two buildings provide approximately 400,000 square feet of gross building area.