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K.C. Cool: 7 Striking Designs in Kansas City, Missouri

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It's easy to overlook Kansas City, Missouri. Located squarely in the nation's center, it is better known for its barbecue and bebop than as an incubator for creative design and architecture. But the city's image is evolving. The opening in 2011 of the visually striking Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, desiged by Moshe Safdie, helped the city stake out a new reputation as a culturally vibrant metropolis, and a cohort of daringly inventive local architects are designing and renovating homes in visually striking ways. Today, we take a look at seven noteworthy Kansas City projects from Dwell's archives.

The house in the evening, with the main living space and basement illuminated. "It gets pretty windy here," Jamie says.
From across Delaware Street, the 5 Delaware lofts blend into their downtown surroundings.
The two-tone corrugated metal cladding helps the sheds blend into the landscape, along with windows custom-colored by...
In a leafy residential area a few miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri, architect Christian Arnold saw opportunity...
The materials for the shelters, which took four weeks to design and four weeks to build, are galvanized steel, TREX...
The Kansas City firm Kem Studio helped Ethan and Heidi Whitehill navigate the tricky process of modernizing a converted...
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