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Heatherwick wins job to redesign Lincoln Centre concert hall

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Heatherwick Studio has been selected to work on the renovation of the Lincoln Centre’s David Geffen Hall in New York

The practice is working with Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects on the $500 million job to reimagine venue’s largest concert hall. Originally designed by Max Abramovitz (1962), the hall was the first building to open on the Lincoln Centre campus which also includes the Metropolitan Opera House by Philip johnson (1964).

The two firms were chosen after a two-year-long competition process which saw more than 100 firms compete for the high-profile job.

A previous $250 million proposal for the hall drawn up 12 years ago by Foster + Partners was scrapped after the venue suffered financial difficulties in 2003.

The reworked hall, which is the home of the New York Philharmonic, will be designed to facilitate a broader, ongoing array of community activities and events.

Thomas Heatherwick, founder of Heatherwick Studio, said: ‘The New York Philharmonic creates some of the most incredible music in the world, so it deserves a world-class concert hall.

’Together with Diamond Schmitt Architects, we are excited to make this special institution and its classical music even more connected to New Yorkers and the audiences of the future.’

Katherine Farley, chairman of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, commented: ‘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.’

Oscar S. Schafer, chairman of the New York Philharmonic, added: ‘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.’

A design for the project is set to be released next summer and construction on the scheme is expected to start in 2019.

Avery Fisher Hall, now the David Geffen Hall, at the Lincoln Centre, New York

Avery Fisher Hall, now the David Geffen Hall, at the Lincoln Centre, New York

Source: D Ramey Logan

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