The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is getting bigger and better with an over $100 million expansion currently underway that is set to add three above-ground pavilions with studios, rehearsal rooms, and lecture halls. There will also be a cafe/bistro, classrooms, and an outdoor wall for video presentations. This is the institution’s first new construction project since it first opened in 1971.
The pavilions will include a “Welcome Pavilion” for visitor services, a “Skylight Pavilion” that will overlook the landscape, and a “River Pavilion” that will overlook the Potomac River. The architecture firm behind these new spaces is Steven Holl Architects.
David M. Rubenstein, chairman of the Kennedy Center, is partially funding the expansion with a $50 million donation.
For photos of the progress currently made so far on the project, photographer Field Condition toured the construction site. See more of their photos on their website here. For renderings of the finished product, head over to Curbed DC here.
• Construction Update: The Kennedy Center Expansion [Field Condition]
• What to Expect from the Kennedy Center's $100M Expansion [Curbed DC]