Kauffman Center is named one of the world's 15 most spectacular

03/03/2014 5:02 PM

03/04/2014 1:19 PM

Hamburg-based Emporis

, a building data company, has named the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts one of the most spectacular concert halls in the world.

The Kauffman, which opened in September 2011, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles were the only two from the United States that made the list. Spain was the only other country to have two halls mentioned.

Emporis manages a worldwide database on construction data and commercial real estate information about projects in thousands of cities worldwide.

“Be they home to opera, ballet or musicals, modern concert halls no longer just rely on outstanding performances: These days they also have remarkable architecture offering audiences a great show even before they have taken their seats,” said the report, issued in early February.

“Working from the designs of renowned star architects, more and more concert halls are being built that stand out by virtue of their eye-catching shapes, colors and materials.”

The 285,000-square-foot Kauffman Center, designed by architect Moshe Safdie, is home to three performing arts organizations: The Kansas City Ballet, Kansas City Symphony and Lyric Opera of Kansas City.

Others on the list include the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan, was described as an “extraordinary” concert structure. “The white building's curved, wave-like shape makes it seem as if it has been 'poured' into the landscape,” the report said.

Also on the list: Berlin's angular, “tent-like” Philharmonie building and Singapore's Esplanade Concert Hall with its “half-spherical shell” that “looks like a giant, scuttling bug.”


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