Eklund’s, Inc. and KONE partnered in Kansas City, Missouri, to complete eight custom elevator cabs for the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, which was inaugurated on September 16, 2011. It is home to the Kansas City Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet. Designed by architect Moshe Safdie, the building includes three glass observation elevator cars in its spacious lobby. Their panoramic cabs, as the one shown in the photo below, are intended to complement and enhance the modern architecture of the edifice located in the heart of downtown Kansas City.
Manufactured by Eklund’s, the observation cabs are comprised of a combination of clear, laminated, tempered glass at the back and rear sides of the cab and bead-blast stainless-steel doors and front sides. The reveals, bases and friezes are also bead-blasted stainless steel. Final touches include bead-blasted stainless-steel handrails and four halogen down lights that complement the natural lighting from a glass-encased lobby. The rear of the cabs are completely frameless glass, as are their canopies. The Eklund’s PE2 car measures 95-15/16-in. wide by 74-in. deep by 98-1/2-in. high.
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