Located on the Northwest corner of Okeechobee Boulevard and Sapodilla Avenue, the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts is a preeminent cultural destination that welcomes more than 500,000 guests and hosts 1,400 events annually.
The Kravis Center is situated on a 10.6-acre plot of land on the main thoroughfare entering the City of West Palm Beach and includes a 1,100 space parking garage.
The reconfiguration of the Dreyfoos Hall drop-off and valet for the Cohen Pavilion, which includes the new bus drop-off area, new access/entry off of Okeechobee Boulevard, and improved pedestrian access between the Cohen Pavilion and Dreyfoos Hall were the priorities for our team of experts.
We were also tasked with addressing problems, such as vehicle-focused entrances, which provided little to no pedestrian connectivity from the street, and the large fountain on the southeast corner, which served as a barrier preventing patrons from accessing the plaza area in front of Dreyfoos Hall.
Our design team’s ingenious approach to the confounding issues of pedestrian and automotive accessibility was solved by terracing the plaza and designing a more peripheral, yet equally extravagant, water feature. The beautification of the fountain and hardscape design enhances the architectural elements of the building by radiating off the curvature of the glass wall and columns.
A smaller, more intimate, shaded public gathering space to encourage patrons to gather during show intermissions was also incorporated into the plans. The improved corner activates the street frontage and engages pedestrians whether they’re visiting the site or just passing by.
A custom piece of experiential public art, titled “The Embrace” is the focal point of the upper plaza and provides for additional seating.
As part of the sidewalk’s construction, mature Live Oak trees were relocated along the edge of the walkway to provide shade and offer a taste of natural Florida scenery in Downtown West Palm Beach.
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