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.