When the Kennedy Center set out to create a 21st-century expansion of its iconic performing arts venue, design presented both a challenge and an opportunity. The new complex would complement the existing, grand building and house new and approachable spaces to accommodate a diverse community. Continue reading “How the REACH was designed with community in … Continue reading "How the REACH was designed with community in mind"
The REACH is a place where visitors, audiences and artists can come together for collaboration, experimentation, and exploration in the spirit of President Kennedy’s vision for a new frontier for the arts. Many of the spaces have been named after historical and personal moments in his life as an expression of our role as his … Continue reading "Spaces at the REACH"
On any given day at the REACH, the new Kennedy Center expansion opening this fall, the arts will manifest themselves in a number of ways. There might be ballet dancers rehearsing in a large, light-filled studio, with a small crowd watching from a viewing space above. There may be families taking a creative workshop and … Continue reading "How the Kennedy Center’s new expansion is making the arts accessible for an entire community"
Explore the REACH on your desktop computer or mobile phone through 360-degree images of the campus and buildings. You can also launch the experience on Google Cardboard!
Explore our new, immersive campus that breaks down barriers between audience and art through this new sneak-peek video!
On June 5, 2018, the Kennedy Center announced that the REACH—its ongoing expansion project—will open to the public on September 7, 2019, during a hard hat tour attended by civic and cultural leaders from across the Washington, D.C. region.
Construction has progressed rapidly, giving our patrons a sneak peek at the future silhouette of the Kennedy Center campus. Recently seen on the Center’s Expansion Cam, carpenters have completed the ceiling forms for Studio A, the largest studio in the REACH. To ensure a perfect product, the team created many mock-up ceiling forms for their … Continue reading "Interior Ceiling Design"
When approaching the Kennedy Center from Memorial Bridge or along the Potomac River on the footpath from Georgetown or the National Mall, the view of swiveling cranes and newly pitched walls gives an exciting glimpse of the fast-changing landscape on the most western edge of the District. The Center is building the future with the … Continue reading "Announcing the REACH! And defining its purpose."
On the B Level (the ground floor for most of the project), all of the underlying site utilities are finished and nearly every wall is complete. While work proceeds on the site, the project team also continues to perfect the white, board-formed concrete that is used to construct the three pavilions, such as the Skylight … Continue reading "Spherical Void Formers"
The construction site is undergoing a drastic transformation. Beyond the installation of more underlying infrastructure and the emergence of internal and external building framework, the uniquely crafted crinkle concrete, a textured and acoustically-sound material designed specifically for the walls of the expansion, is visible from the surrounding area.Additionally, construction on the foundation for the new … Continue reading "Crinkle concrete work continues"