Lincoln Center has announced that the new David Geffen Hall will open in October 2022, two years ahead of the originally anticipated reopening date. The funding goal for the $550 million project has also been achieved.
“The project is improving the entire concert-going experience, creating a state-of-the-art theater to serve as the home of the New York Philharmonic and accommodate anticipated artists and audiences of the future,” a press release reads. “At the same time, it is creating tens of thousands of square feet of new public space for diverse cultural uses, including performance and community—many of them free to the public. It is achieving all this while respecting the iconic exterior.”
New renderings and videos of the public spaces designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, as well as an updated animation of the new theater designed by Diamond Schmitt Architects, led by Principal Gary McCluskie, have been released for the first time.
The Welcome Center — located on the southeast corner of David Geffen Hall — will “be the entry point to access the full campus. Entered from Broadway, this will be a place to buy tickets, get information on programs across the campus, meet friends, and enjoy a light snack from a small café in the middle of the space throughout the day.”
The lobby will be almost twice as large as it was before, offering a “lounge with ample seating areas, a bar and concessions to encourage people to come before and stay after performances.” There will also be a 50-foot media wall displaying live events and performances.
“…what was once office space will become an innovative venue for smaller scale performance, rehearsals and community gatherings. Prominently positioned at the corner of Broadway and 65th Street, the Sidewalk Studio will be directly visible from Broadway, and outfitted to host a wide range of uses such as talks, readings, after-school activities, film screenings, smaller performances, community meetings and social events. Independently accessible from the street, the Sidewalk Studio provides both a platform and showcase for the community.”“The Grand Promenade will be the center of activity in the hall’s public spaces” — an open central space. “The reconfigured, sculptural stairs will provide dramatic overlooks into the Grand Promenade. A large bar, clad in black granite, will anchor the Grand Promenade, which will also have access points to the outer terrace. Two large promontories, on the east and west corners of the First Tier overlooking the Grand Promenade, are designed with additional bars to provide prime people-watching. Equipped with theatrical hoists and enhanced technical capabilities, the space will be able to host an extended array of events.” “On every level, the walls will be covered in an abstracted motif of falling flower petals rendered in felt.” A restaurant, patrons lounge, and “music box” will also be part of the public spaces at David Geffen Hall. Further announcements on those are upcoming.
video c/o DBOXThe redesigned theater aims to offer improved acoustics and “a more welcoming and intimate audience experience with optimized sightlines.” By reducing the number of seats by 500, patrons will also be closer to the stage, and “seating will wrap around the stage and bring the entire audience 30 percent closer to the performers.”
The new stage will also accommodate “semi-staged opera, dance, film premieres, amplified pop and rock concerts and more.”
Video c/o Cicada Co.
More details on the renovation can be found at www.davidgeffenhall.info.
What’s the prediction for the sound quality improvement?
Guess this also proves if you hire an expensive but highly competent general contract (Turner, and no I don’t work for them), which then puts their best people and best subs on the job, things get finished faster with many fewer issues along the way. (Right, of course some disastrously bad engineering choices could turn up in a few years, but that’s unlikely.)