The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Washington, D.C.

2013 37,161 m²

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Expansion is part of an 11-acre (3.7-hectare) urban plan that centers on the creation of a new plaza spanning over the Potomac Freeway, connecting E Street to the current Kennedy Center, and creating a monumental approach to the complex. The plaza, and underlying structural platform, will allow the construction of two new buildings and a parking garage below grade. The plaza and its 1000-foot (305-meter) cascading fountain will connect the new buildings to the existing Kennedy Center, and integrate the complex with the city street grid and the Mall. One of the two new buildings located to the south of the plaza will house an Education Center with exhibitions focusing on the history of the performing arts. This four-story structure will include museum space, classrooms, a lecture/recital hall, dining areas, conference and orientation rooms, as well as Kennedy Center administrative and support offices. The four-story Rehearsal Building will be located on the north side of the plaza, and will house rehearsal and lecture spaces in addition to support and administrative office space. The new platform, loading facility and parking garage will be constructed by Federal Highway Authority (FHWA) / Department of Transportation (DOT) over the Potomac Freeway to make the new buildings possible.

The fountain that forms the centerpiece for the Plaza flows on axis from the intersection of E Street and 23rd Street to the front of the Kennedy Center. This water feature drops 20 feet (6 meters) vertically over its and culminates in a programmable water “event” that adds a dynamic presence to the Plaza. The challenge is to reconnect the urban grid while respecting the natural forms of the park and the highway geometry, and to create a monumental plinth for the Kennedy Center.

While privately funded, the project required construction of a platform over the highway that was to receive United States Federal funds. However the funding was cut in 2005 and the project was suspended.