John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Through design of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, EDSA successfully created a powerful civic statement and forum for cultural events. With a stately entrance, raised planters, and pools that define a formal plaza, marble terraces overlooking the Potomac, and a promenade with islands of willows accented by fountains, this iconic facility is one of national prominence. A system of pedestrian malls unifies the entire core into a park setting with public amenities that include a riverfront promenade, eating facilities, and outdoor terraces with views. Vehicular circulation and parking facilities were located underground.

As a sub-consultant to Edward Durell Stone, Sr., EDSA created the promenade and all external sitework treatments including plazas, entranceways, and landscape beautification of all roadways around the center and promenade.

Project Details

Location:
Washington, D.C.
Client:
United States Commission of Fine Arts
National Capital Planning Commission
The National Park Service
Scope:
Conceptual Design
Detailed Design
Construction Administration Services
Scale:
17 Acres