Friday, October 29, 2010

Hating the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts


The Kansas City Gazette hates the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts and isn’t afraid to say it.  We at the Kansas Citian don’t really care one way or the other, but did notice it seems to look less and less impressive the closer it comes to completion.  It’s gone from a metal clad facade echoing beck to the Guggenheim, to the beige monstrosity it is today.

However, Kansas Citians shouldn’t be surprised that the design of the new ballet center is less than appealing.  After all, this is the city that brought you those erector set looking sculptures on the top of Bartle Hall and giant cocks, of the shuttle variety, in the front yard of the Nelson-Atkins.

In the meantime, the whole city seems to be ignoring the reality that the KCFTPA is already gaining a reputation for being one of the most deadly places in KC to visit.


Hyperblogal said...

I think it would be beyond extraordinary if the final product looked anything like the architects renderings.

KC Photog Blog said...

it's already stunning and it's only going to be more so.

James said...

Very nice photo. But you'll notice that what makes it beautiful is the metallic facade reflecting the sun a dusk. That metallic facade is being covered up by more beige blah.

They really missed the mark not making this thing all metallic.

Anonymous said...

As a long time resident of KC, I have to admit that KC is a second or third rate city. It's a place to live, but it definitely doesn't stand out. I don't think the Kauffman center is going to make any difference one way or another.

Anonymous said...

Look, Kansas City has whiffed a couple times previous:

- Renovation of the K
Some aspects of this were nice, but they took out a great deal of upper deck, quality, affordable seats so like 5 luxury boxes could be installed, requiring the raising of the press box. The outside fencing make it look like a prison. They took out several other seats and created these odd large upper breezeways which do nothing. It is an epic fail.

- Sprint Center
The thing is a gigantic eyesore and only has two entrances, and the upper deck is dangerous and extremely uncomfortable. The food is way too expensive.

Kansas City is just a failure across the board when it comes to big stadiums and event centers. Wouldn't be shocking at all if the Performing Arts place is a gigantic crapstack too.