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Influential architect Stephen Holl draws inspiration from President Kennedy's words for the expansion of the Kennedy Centre for the Performing Arts

Architect: Stephen Holl Architects

The REACH at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts by Steven Holl Architects merges architecture and landscape with three pavilions interconnected below an open green roof.

The new expansion increases the Kennedy Center’s interior space with 72,000 sf of open studios, rehearsal and performance spaces, and dedicated arts learning spaces.

As a living memorial for President Kennedy, the REACH is not only an active performing arts center, it is a living landscape embedded with a narrative reflection on the life of the President.

The public is invited to meander through the open landscape at all times of day.

It provides both large and intimate spaces to gather, and its varied gardens offer opportunities for performances and events, including a Simulcast Lawn where performances inside the original building are projected onto The REACH’s largest pavilion for free outdoor viewing.  Today, President Kennedy’s words continue to inspire:

“Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal.”


Story by: Trendsideas

Photography by: Steven Holl Architects and Spirit of Space

03 May, 2020