More renderings of the Kennedy Center’s planned $100 million expansion have been filed with the National Capital Planning Commission, and they offer a fuller picture of what the center may look like in 2017.
The new images from Steven Holl Architects include something we haven’t seen yet: interior photos of the planned entry pavilion. Kennedy Center spokesman John Dow also points out that one pedestrian bridge to the Potomac River pavilion has been eliminated, leaving just one walkway over Rock Creek Parkway. (Though a bridge-free design is also possible: one rendering shows just an at-grade pedestrian path and no bridge at all.)
The cultural center is still in the process of raising $125 million for the expansion and programming. In December, it announced that it had raised $40 million for the construction project, adding to board Chairman David Rubenstein‘s $50 million lead gift.
The project is expected to break ground later this year and wrap up in 2017.
From the Kennedy Center’s website:
Steven Holl’s initial concept for the project includes three connected pavilions that will house classrooms, rehearsal rooms, education for arts managers, lecture space, multipurpose rooms, and limited office space. In the initial concept, one pavilion will float on the Potomac River and offer an outdoor stage. Public gardens will fill out the space, fusing the Kennedy Center with the landscape and river. The exteriors will utilize translucent Okalux, glass, and Carrara marble, the same Italian marble which clads the original facility. The silhouette of the current building will be preserved by connecting the new structure underground and via the main plaza.