In advance of the National Capital Planning Commission’s 6 February 2014 review of architect Steven Holl’s proposed $100m expansion of the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington, D. C., new details of the project have emerged.
The project envisions three connected pavilions, including one that will float on the Potomac River and be connected to the Center by a pedestrian bridge or at-grade crossing, and provides additional performance and event spaces for this national cultural venue as well as rehearsal rooms, offices and classrooms.
The project also significantly reworks the grounds of the Kennedy Center to improve the visitor experience and better engage itself with the surrounding memorials and monuments.
A significant portion of the new space - more than 35,000 sq ft - will be below grade and connected to the existing Center through a series of passageways and rooms. The pavilions will also be connected to the Center above ground by a newly designed outdoor plaza.
Notable landscaping improvements include a redesigned South Terrace that removes a section of existing concrete perimeter wall and makes the landscape continuous and a new reflecting pool.
The project is expected to break ground later this year and complete in 2017. It is the first major expansion of the Kennedy Center in its 40-year plus history. The Center announced in December 2013 that it has raised $40m for the project thus far.