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Honoring a History of Innovation

H&R Block World Headquarters Heritage Hall
Kansas City, Missouri, USA

Built as a 90th birthday present for H&R Block co-founder Henry Bloch, Heritage Hall celebrates the organization’s history and founders.

HOK’s Experience Design team created an exhibition that includes historical images of company milestones, display cases for artifacts and built-in iPads that display interactive content.

One of the challenges was how to create an immersive experience within a small space. The Experience Design team recommended cutting into an existing wall to make more room for displays.

The design concept uses symbolic stacked “building blocks” to present content. Halftone imagery and typography printed on a wood veneer create warmth and emphasize the history of H&R Block’s prestigious brand. Two highlighted, printed aluminum images provide a clean contrast to the printed wood finish.

Each panel is flexible and can be updated to accommodate future changes. Interactive elements enable visitors to engage with H&R Block’s heritage and understand the enduring impact the organization has had on the Kansas City community.

SIZE

625,000 sq. ft. / 58,070 sq. m.

SERVICES

Architecture
Graphic Design
Interior Design

AWARDS

Urban Land Institute Kansas City – Development of Distinction Award

Construction Specifications Institute – Excellence in Craftsmanship: Wood Accents

Design-Build Institute of America – National Award, Best Project Private Sector More than $15 Million

Design-Build Institute of America, Mid-America Chapter – Project of the Year Award

Masonry Construction Magazine – Project of the Year Award, Honorable Mention

AIA Kansas City – Citation Award for Craftsmanship in Architecture, Wood Accents

Kansas City Business Journal – Capstone Award, Office Category

Construction Specifications Institute Kansas City Chapter – Excellence in Engineering Award