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2018 Award Winners



Development 8 Stories & Over, For Rent


Two Light

Best in Region—Central

Kansas City, Mo.

Architect/Designer | Hord Coplan Macht

Builder | JE Dunn

Developer | The Cordish Companies

Interior Designer | RD Jones

Photographer | Alistair Tutton

The design team was tasked with creating a modern tower that would signal the revival of the downtown district, yet also honor the city’s history. Located in the exciting Power and Light Entertainment District, Two Light was designed to engage the neighborhood and contribute to the energy happening on the streets below.

To achieve this, the main amenity level was placed above a seven-story garage, creating commanding views of the district and city. At 12,000 sf, this floor features a series of unfolding indoor and outdoor spaces that seamlessly blend together. A south-facing indoor spa and pool, two-story exterior lanai with wrapping wet deck and infinity pool, and cantilevered seating belvedere are just some of the unique features.

An existing historic mural on the site was repurposed on the exterior façade. For the exterior, a modern glass window wall engages a terra cotta rain screen, which reinterprets the historic limestone façades of downtown. Active ground-level retail, lobby, and office space contribute to the district’s energy, while clever building signage and graphics mark its important location as a gateway to the city center.

From the Judges
Judges thought this project is amazing, chic, clean, and crisp. They loved the units, liked the surprisingly gracious kitchen with access to outdoor space that’s unusual in a rental, and thought the project team did something cool with every detail, such as the ceiling in the units.

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