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54: Crinkle Concrete | The REACH at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Episode 549th June 2023 • Detailed: An original podcast by ARCAT • ARCAT // Gābl Media
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In this episode, Cherise is joined by Steven Holl, Principal at Steven Holl Architects, an internationally recognized architecture and urban design office with locations in the Hudson Valley, New York, and Beijing.

Steven shares his insight into working on the REACH, the first major expansion of the Kennedy Center. The 72,000 sf addition provides much-needed rehearsal, education, and flexible indoor and outdoor spaces, allowing the Kennedy Center to continue to be a leader in artistic, cultural, and enrichment opportunities.

You can see the project here as you listen along.

This project had unique challenges and opportunities:

  • a subterranean design concept faced technical challenges with existing public utilities,
  • converting an existing parking lot into a green space for the community,
  • the development of an innovative crinkled concrete texture that integrated acoustical qualities within the concrete walls,
  • and much more!

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