The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is one of the most technically and architecturally advanced performing arts centers in the nation, allowing its resident companies and presenters to stage more sophisticated work, encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, and foster the cross-fertilization of audiences. Designed by Moshe Safdie, the 285,000-square-foot facility includes two stand-alone halls—the 1,800-seat Muriel Kauffman Theatre and the 1,600-seat Helzberg Hall—both housed within a dramatic overarching shell featuring a glass roof and glass walls that provide sweeping views of Kansas City.
About Moshe Safdie
Moshe Safdie is a leading architect, urban planner, educator, theorist, and author. Embracing a comprehensive and humane design philosophy, Safdie has been influential in architecture and urban planning for over forty years. Safdie is committed to architecture that supports and enhances a project’s program; that is informed by the geographic, social, and cultural elements that define a place; and that responds to human needs and aspirations. Safdie has completed a wide range of projects around the world, such as cultural, educational, and civic institutions; neighborhoods and public parks; mixed-use urban centers and airports; and master plans for existing communities and entirely new cities.
Current and recent projects by Moshe Safdie include Mamilla Alrov Center, Jerusalem, Israel (January 2010); Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort, Singapore (December 2010); Khalsa Heritage Centre in the state of Punjab, India (April 2011); United States Institute of Peace Headquarters on the National Mall in Washington, DC (Spring 2011); and Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas (2012). Based in Boston, Safdie Architects also has branch offices in Toronto, Jerusalem, and Singapore.