Thomas Heatherwick’s proposed revamp of the Lincoln Centre’s David Geffen Hall has been ditched, making it the designer’s second New York project to be shelved in the space of a month
Heatherwick Studio was appointed in late 2015, alongside Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects, to reimagine the famous concert hall, which is home to the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.
But a joint statement from the orchestra and centre said that the team was going back to the drawing board.
The statement said: ‘The two organisations will forgo the original design proposal, and instead move forward with a new masterplan—one that will be ambitious, but will centre primarily on improving audience and artist experiences inside the hall, and will include phased renovations.’
It said the design team had helped ‘reveal and clarify many complexities, both logistical and technical’, which had led to the decision to take a new approach.
‘The goal of the project remains to create a welcoming and world-class concert hall, which will include a reimagined hall configuration, with a focus on acoustics, and enlivening the hall’s lobbies and other public spaces,’ the statement said.
A new approach will also aim to reduce the time the orchestra would be displaced during renovation works.
David Geffen Hall, originally the Philharmonic Hall, was designed by Max Abramovitz, and opened in 1962, the first building to complete on the Lincoln Centre campus. The centre also includes the Metropolitan Opera House by Philip Johnson, which opened in 1966.
A previous $250 million proposal for the hall drawn up 15 years ago by Foster + Partners was scrapped after the venue suffered financial difficulties in 2003.
In September, Heatherwick saw his proposals for an island park on New York’s Hudson River scrapped after backers pulled the plug on the project in the face of vociferous criticism from opponents.