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New York Philharmonic reveals $550 million overhaul of its Lincoln Center home

The much-maligned Lincoln Center home of the New York Philharmonic is finally getting a major redesign. After over a decade of stalled plans—Norman Foster was selected to revamp the hall in 2005, and more recently Thomas Heatherwick was to design the refreshed home for the Philharmonic—a new design team has been announced. Now called David Geffen Hall after the music mogul of the same name infused $100 million into the project, Toronto's Diamond Schmitt Architects will oversee the interior architecture with the help of the acoustics firm Akustiks, as well as Fisher Dachs Associates, and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will reimagine the concert hall’s public spaces. The $550 million project, of which around $360 million has already been spent, will move the stage forward 25 feet and will eliminate the proscenium. New seating—reduced down by over 500 seats to 2,200—will be wrapped around the performers, more in line with contemporary concert hall building practices in what the Philharmonic described as a “single-room concept.” The seats will also be oriented towards the stage, which they currently are not. The hope is to turn a hall that The New York Times recently described as “acoustically and aesthetically challenged” and “ugly” into a more intimate space with better sightlines and a more balanced sonic experience. Once finished, it will feature a flexible arrangement with natural finishes and curvilinear wood forms. The Philharmonic also says that accessibility will be improved and there will also be a “Lightwall” wrapping three sides of the building’s top interior. The acoustic performance of the concert hall has been criticized for decades (it originally opened in 1962 and was renovated in 1976) and so the architects are resurfacing walls and introducing other alterations to improve the sound quality. The footprint, and Max Abramovitz–designed facade, will remain in place. The public spaces will also be significantly reimagined. The lobby, which Billie Tsien told the Times had “all the charm of an airport terminal,” will double in size and get a “media streaming wall” to show ongoing concerts in real-time. Additional bars and restrooms will be added, along with a new "destination" restaurant. The box office will be relocated and a new welcome center will be created. In addition, office space on 65th Street and Broadway will be made into a “Sidewalk Studio” for classes, community activities, and performances, and the north facade will be used for site-specific art installations. The upper tiers of the building will gain 11,000 square feet of office space. Construction is expected to begin in full in May 2022, with the Philharmonic playing a truncated season that will begin in November of that year, before the hall closes again the following May. With the help of prefabrication, the Philharmonic hopes to complete its overhaul by March 2024.
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New designs capture the architecture of Lincoln Center

Some of New York City’s most iconic buildings have been captured in a new collection of merchandise created exclusively for Lincoln Center and on sale through Sunday at an outdoor kiosk that moves around its campus. Small Stuff, a New York design studio, created what Lincoln Center is calling a "wordmark" that incorporates architectural details of many of its original buildings, and of some of the newer designs of Diller Scofidio + Renfro from the mid-first decade of this century, when Lincoln Center’s 16.3-acre campus on the Upper West Side of Manhattan underwent a $1.2 billion redevelopment. The design of the first L in the word Lincoln is inspired by the facade of Philip Johnson’s 1964 New York State Theater, now the David Koch Theater, while the I in Lincoln is inspired by the facade of Max Abramovitz’s 1962 Philharmonic Hall, now David Geffen Hall.  The first N in Lincoln is derived from the steps that lead up to the Columbus Avenue entrance to the campus, designed by Diller Scofidio, with the LED that illuminates them turned off. The C is meant to be an aerial view of the fountain in the campus’s central Josie Robertson Plaza. The O and L are based, respectively, on the chandelier in the auditorium and windows of Wallace K. Harrison’s 1966 Metropolitan Opera House. The second N in Lincoln is based on a facade detail of Geffen Hall. In the word Center, the C is based on the Koch Theater ceiling, while the first E is based on the cames in the windows of the opera house. The N is inspired by the facade of Pietro Belluschi’s 1969 Alice Tully Hall, while the T also represents the fountain. The second E recalls the façade of the opera house, while the R is based on the Columbus Avenue steps, with the LED display lit. Peter Duffin, Lincoln Center’s senior vice president of brand and marketing, said the public “loves” the wordmark. “They’re seeing the campus in new ways, in a different light—it’s such an iconic campus.  It’s really fun,” he added. The wordmark is featured on merchandise, which includes a T-shirt, key chain, magnet, mug, and journal. These items, and others, have been on sale daily since early July at an outdoor, movable, wheeled white and black kiosk designed by LAMAS, a Toronto-based architectural firm. This has been open from late morning until after the final curtain of various indoor and outdoor performances taking place across the campus. Duffin said this week that the kiosk and merchandise have been “really popular,” and that Lincoln Center is looking for ways to bring the merchandise back in the future.
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Thomas Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall

Good news Lincoln Center fans! Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects will lead the renovation and reimagination of David Geffen Hall, Lincoln Center’s largest concert hall. The team was announced as the selection today by Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and Oscar S. Schafer, chairman of the New York Philharmonic. The pairing of the two high-profile firms is an intriguing collaboration. Heatherwick Studio is best known for the Garden Bridge in London and a master plan for the new Google campus in Silicon Valley (with BIG). The UK Pavilion at Shanghai Expo 2010 and a redesigned London bus are also some of Heatherwick’s high-profile projects. Diamond Schmitt Architects is best known for their performing arts venues including the New Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto, and the Maison Symphonique de Montréal. The design will attempt to create a place where the architecture is one with the music, as well as a host of gathering and programming spaces. A new “Legends at Lincoln Center: the Performing Arts Hall of Fame" will also be created on the site. "The inspiring combination of Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt will bring contemporary design excellence, respect for the historic architecture of the hall, and extensive experience creating acoustically superb performance halls," said Farley in a statement. “We believe this pairing of Heatherwick and Diamond Schmitt offers the most compelling potential for the New York Philharmonic’s new home that will reflect the excellence and artistry of this Orchestra, as well as further enhance and support the Philharmonic’s evolution as a 21st-century institution,” said Schafer in a statement. The project is expected to be complete in 2019 at a preliminary estimated cost of $500 million. The team was selected from a list of over 100 firms, during a strict process.
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Lights, Camera, Diller, Scofidio + Renfro

Diller, Scofidio + Renfro

This weekend's Open House New York tours and special building openings will end with a special film screening at Tribeca Cinema. The screening will feature a new Checkerboard Foundation Production of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro that highlights the local firm's two most important projects: The High Line and Lincoln Center.

Checkerboard is well known for their architecture documentaries and this one features DS+R's recent contributions to New York's streetscape. The film starts at 7:00 on Sunday and tickets can be purchased in advance.

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Lincoln Center LED Steps on Fritz

When the construction blockades at Lincoln Center  renovation finally came down down last year, the flowing crowds and fountain crowding returned. The first impression theater-goers get of the Diller Scofido + Renfro renovation are the flashing from LED lights embedded into the steps facing Columbus Avenue. The lights function as an underfoot marquee with titles of various productions flashing and scrolling across the steps, announcing venues and lighting the path. But last Tuesday night the lights seemed to be on the fritz. Elsewhere, the Hugh Hardy 130 seat theater addition atop the Vivian Beaumont Theater is nearing completion...
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Quick Clicks> Thinkin' Lincoln, Green Critic, Exhausted Cyclists

Thinkin' Lincoln. IBM is taking over the Lincoln Center through October 23rd with one of the biggest interactive technology exhibits in the city: IBM Think Exhibit. Highlights include the 123-feet long "data wall" and a forest of 40 seven-foot media panels. More at Inhabitat. Bronx Beauty. The New York Times' new archi-critic, Michael Kimmelman, has penned his first review, shying away from the iconic, gleaming projects of his predecessor, instead beginning with Via Verde affordable housing in the South Bronx, which may help him demonstrate that quality trumps quantity, especially in moral debates of architecture. Biking Sacrifice. Atlantic Cities reported that cyclists in urban environments might want to be wary of cars for more than just accident risks: harmful automobile emissions create a hazard for cyclists as well. According to new research, bikers inhale more than twice the amount of black carbon particles as pedestrians do in the same trip.
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TWBTA Take a Turn at Lincoln Center

The redevelopment of Lincoln Center took another step forward today with the opening of the David Rubenstein Atrium. The space, redesigned by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (TWBTA), includes two 21-foot high vertical gardens, skylit oculi, and a fountain to create a tranquil atmosphere in the passage way. The privately owned public space also has wifi service, a 'wichcraft outlet, a performance space, restrooms, and an information booth. In addition the atrium includes a ticket center for discounted same day performances, similar to the TKTS booth in Times Square. The space will host "Target Free Thursdays" at 8:30 pm every Thursday, with performances curated by Lincoln Center staff. The space is open year round, weekdays 8am to 10pm and weekends from 9am to 10pm.
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Liz Diller Is Tone Deaf

Or so she just told WNYC. The clip was aired during Morning Edition, but as Soterios Johnson (LOVE HIM!) directed us to the web for a complete recap and more, the interview actually appears to be from yesterday's episode of Soundcheck. Thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can find the full clip above, as well as a video tour after the jump. And as Johnson gamely noted, be sure to tune in Sunday for the building's debut performance, which will air live. Think those improved acoustics carry over to radio. If this weren't enough, Soundcheck host Jonathan Schaefer shares his thoughts on the Alice Tully on the Soundcheck Blog:
Alice Tully Hall is in exactly the same place as it always was; the renovation was unable to change the “footprint” of the hall within the larger building, or to move walls or even seats. These restrictions make the changes that have been made all the more impressive. The vaguely modernist look of the hall has changed to an organic warmth. [...] It used to be that walking into Alice Tully Hall was like boarding a submarine - there was no natural light to speak of, and the lobby had all the charm of a Knights of Columbus hall. Now, everything is glass; you can see across 65th Street, or out to Broadway. It’s a phenomenon familiar to any NYC apartment dweller: you don’t realize how important natural light is to an apartment until you finally get a place that actually has it. Then you wonder how you ever lived in the half-lit dingy old place of yours for so long.
Obviously, Mr. Schaefer is a Manhattanite. We've got plenty of sky here in Brooklyn. Lincoln Centers, not so much, though. We'll call it a draw.
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Ciao, Bryant Park

The AP first reported last night, and the mayor confirmed it earlier today: Fashion Week is departing Bryant Park for Lincoln Center. But not just any Lincoln Center. The new-and-improved, Diller Scofidio + Renfro-approved Lincoln Center. According to Bloomberg--in this case, we mean both the mayor and his eponymous news service, via the latter link above--the festivities will take place at the center's Damrosch Park. We emailed the ever-fashionable "R" in DS+R, Charles Renfro, to get his take on the news:
In general, Fashion Week is one of the most vibrant events that New York has to offer. We are pleased that they have chosen Lincoln Center as their venue. It suggests that Lincoln Center’s efforts to shift perceptions of the facility from elitist acropolis to popular forum have been effective. Those efforts include the redesign of course, but also include more youthful and affordable programming. For heaven’s sake, I saw Sufjan Stevens perform there. And my tickets were free!
Now while we agree with that sentiment, Fashion Week seems to run counter, more exclusive elitism than than inviting populism. Still, our dear Renfro persists:
Like most events at Lincoln Center,  one can purchase tickets to Fashion Week tent shows, though I will admit that price points are higher than the current $20 Met cheap seats. And they sell out fast. Fashion Week is not that different than a Giants game: If you have any desire to go, you can buy a ticket. If you can get one, a seat on the 50 yards line will set you back $700 while a fashion week tent ticket will set you back $150, and all the tent seats are essentially 50 yard line seats.
If you say so. As for the park itself, "We haven’t moved into that phase of the redesign yet," Renfor wrote, and it remains to be seen if, whether, or how Fashion Week might impact the redesign--a rather controversial one at that, because it will remake one of Dan Kiley's more famous landscapes. Best known for free summer concerts--we especially enjoyed Mahmoud Ahmed last year--the new digs will almost certainly be fancier than the former ones, at least after DS+R is through with them. The trade offs: far less subway access--the Times points out that Chelsea Piers posed a similar challenge in 1997--and a departure from the industry's psychic home, the Garment District. Still, the move was inevitable, as Times fashion writer Eric Wilson makes clear:
Although the fashion shows, now operating as Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to reflect a corporate sponsorship, were welcomed in Bryant Park in 1993, there were frequent clashes with the management company that controls its maintenance and security. The dispute intensified in 2006, when the Bryant Park Corporation announced it would no longer allow the shows to happen in the park, because they were interfering with plans to operate a skating rink in the winter and public use of the main lawn in the late summer.
And so, greener pastures have now been traded for chicer ones.