The expansion will include rehearsal space, dedicated classroom space and multipurpose rooms for the Center’s arts education and arts management education programs as well as public access spaces that include gardens, an outdoor video wall (upon which simulcast performances and other multimedia events may be projected) and an outdoor performance space on the river.
The expansion will be designed by Steven Holl and senior partner Chris McVoy of Steven Holl Architects.
“I am proud to announce the selection of acclaimed Steven Holl Architects for the Kennedy Center expansion project and look forward to working with one of the foremost architects of our time,” stated Kennedy Center chairman David M. Rubenstein. “Steven’s wonderful concept will create a strong visual presence that bolsters the Center’s prominence as the national cultural center, while maintaining its unique presence among Washington’s iconic landmarks.”
Architect Holl remarked, “It is a great honor to design the extension to the Kennedy Center, a ‘Living Memorial.’ In that spirit ours is part of a vital architecture, providing much needed rehearsal space, and classrooms with natural light and ventilation.”
Kennedy Center president Michael M. Kaiser added, “The Kennedy Center has the largest arts education program in the country without having any dedicated facilities to serve these growing programs. I’m so pleased the Kennedy Center will have spaces specifically designed for these functions to help fulfill our mission of bringing arts education to students across Washington and to millions of people across the country.”
The project is expected to cost approximately $100 million. Kennedy Center chairman Rubenstein will donate $50 million toward the design and construction of the new building. The Center has begun a fundraising campaign of $125 million: $50 million more for the expansion project and an additional $25 million for major programming initiatives in the years ahead.