John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Washington, D.C.

The Kennedy Center Concert Hall was renovated to enhance its acoustical performance, lighting, and seating. As Project Architect for Hartman-Cox Architects Marc Wouters, lead detailed design for the acoustic canopy that is suspended above the stage and assisted in design throughout the stage and seating areas. Like a large musical instrument the acoustic canopy can tilt, move up and down, or curve to alter its acoustical profile to suit the unique needs of each type of performance. The entire stage was redesigned to allow wrap around seating as well as improved lighting systems. Additional seating arrangements were studied to allow accessible seating and to optimize viewing. 


AIA Washington, D.C. Chapter Honor Award