John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, USA Adobe Stock / AndreasJ
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, USA
Adobe Stock / AndreasJ John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington DC, USA

Whether stained white, ground down to expose flecks of blue, or made to crinkle like paper, concrete is the star of the new Kennedy Center expansion in D.C. One of the design elements that visitors will likely notice right away is the “crinkle concrete” that lines the walls in several performance spaces. It’s a material developed by Steven Holl Architects specifically for the Kennedy Center expansion. For the Reach, the architects looked for ways to use concrete—acoustically and aesthetically—that haven’t been tried before.

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