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4200 Pennsylvania Avenue

This renovation of Multistudio’s Kansas City studio location speaks to our continued involvement and investment in the Westport District, which we have called home for more than 20 years. A 1925 era historic building was adapted into a modern workplace that facilitates the studio’s progressive design practice and highlights our entrepreneurial spirit. The two-story studio capitalizes on the original structure’s unique bones to provide a variety of intelligent and flexible work environments. These include a maker space, a heads-down loft space, technology-enabled teaming areas, and an outdoor patio along remnants of the trolley tracks. A generous communal zone supports social gatherings and community events.

A distinctive feature of this space is the custom perforated metal stair paneling, which creates patterned light displays throughout the day. Within the lower level of the studio is dedicated space for STEAM Studio (a nonprofit co-founded by Multistudio), providing enhanced opportunities for kids to learn within a professional work environment.

The design of the space hinged on both wellness and sustainability goals. Natural daylight, ventilation  and a high-performance HVAC system coupled with a dedicated outdoor air system (DOAS) with a variable refrigerant flow system (VRF) provide a comfortable environment for employees. The original stone façade of the building was retained, and a high-performance envelope was created with the addition of insulation in the walls, on the roof, and new windows.

Lively and varied interventions into the original shell. The project captures a nice dialog between new and old, allowing the roof structure to exert a presence. The insertions are clean, do not create too much noise, and create a purposeful counter position to the original fabric. Awards Jury AIA Kansas


Kansas City, MO
22,000 sq.ft.
Kansas City Business Journal
Capstone Award for Adaptive Reuse
AIA Kansas City
Citation Award for Interior Architecture
AIA Kansas
Citation Award for Interior Architecture
Westport Historical Society
R. Crosby Kemper, III Award for Achievement in Historic Preservation
Michael Robinson
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