Kirkwood Performing Arts Center



City of Kirkwood


Planning and Site Design

Landscape Architectural Design

Construction Documentation

As part of a multi-disciplinary team, Planning Design Studio created the site plan for a new downtown performing arts center.  Various concept plans were initially developed; each exploring alternatives for public plazas, parking, landscape, stormwater treatment and evaluating the reuse of the adjoining Public Works site.  The final design was worked into a set of detailed construction documents and features the following: 

  • An entrance plaza, designed to be artistic and sculptural in form, with a series of cantilevered platforms that double as functional seat walls

  • A custom handrail, designed to complement the interior railings in the building, lit underneath with LED lights to illuminate the steps on the plaza platforms

  • A decorative sign wall, that flanks one side of the main entry platforms, made from dark-colored concrete to match the colors in the architecture of the performing arts center.

  • Landscape plantings designed to bring color, form, and a human scale to both compliment and contrast the grand architecture of the building—Additional planting areas were designed to help treat and filter stormwater in raingardens and plating beds.


P.O. Box 179279

Saint Louis, Missouri 63117

Tel: 314-241-3600


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Kirkwood Performings Arts Center