Kansas City's Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts has won global accolades for its striking architectural design. The centerpiece of that facility, the Muriel Kauffman Theatre, the home of the Kansas City Ballet and Lyric Opera of Kansas City, recently underwent an expansion that provided Tivoli LLC, Tustin, Calif., with an opportunity to show off its LED chops to the world. Renowned architect Moshe Safdie managed the expansion of the 1,800-seat venue, which was originally designed with the inspiration of the great opera houses of Europe. The expanded facilities provide dramatically enhanced performance capabilities, including a vast 5,000-square-foot stage; a larger orchestra pit; increased backstage facilities; a 74-foot tall fly tower; and a flexible proscenium stage opening. Safdie Architects and Lam Partners, a Boston-area architectural lighting design firm, were responsible for the project lighting design. They collaborated with a number of creative designers including Derek Porter Studio, Kansas City, and 3form Advanced Technology Group (ATG), Salt Lake City, to design a variety of areas throughout the entire project.
Visitors of the expanded Muriel Kauffman Theatre experience the subtle lighting accents of Tivoli LEDs from the hallway entry, to the main auditorium, to the great hall lounge and even the dressing rooms. To illuminate the curved facades, shown in the photo, that accent the main balcony seating area the designers selected Tivoli's Covelum Designer Series, a flexible, linear LED solution.