American Enterprise Group National Headquarters was recognized by Docomomo US as one of nine winners of the 2017 Modernism in America Awards program. The venerable building was designed by Gordon Bunshaft and completed in 1965. Upon opening the building was featured in LIFE magazine and deemed “the talk of the Midwest,” The American Enterprise Group received an Honor Award for Architecture from the American Institute of Architects in 1967 and again, for its renovation, in 2016. MORE
When it opened 10 years ago, the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art was instrumental in the explosion of one of the most vibrant arts communities in the country. Today Kansas City is a thriving ecosystem for creating, enjoying, and nurturing art and creativity. BNIM's work is defining a culture of promoting the fine and performing arts in Kansas City, with an impact that extends to national and global scales.
The relocation of the Kansas City Ballet to the new Todd Bolender Center for Dance and Creativity involved the preservation and adaptive reuse of the former Power House at Union Station. The building was originally designed by architect Jarvis Hunt and was constructed from 1913-1914, representing an important era in Kansas City history. The challenge of creating an organized program diagram within an existing historical building was welcomed by BNIM and resulted in creatively reusing existing structure and interior elements in new applications. Six studios and a performance theater that seats 180 are large components of the program. The Ballet's new home also houses administrative offices, wardrobe, costumes and production areas.
This year marks 10 years since a unique moment of international attention was bestowed upon Kansas City. On a sunny day in June 2007, Henry Bloch and others were hoisted into the air in the bucket of a construction lift to celebrate the opening of the Bloch Building expansion at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
In retrospect, this new building and the decisions leading to the selection of its...