Renderings: Cicada Co., Diamond Schmitt Architects, Ensemble DGH
Lincoln Center is unveiling its new $550 million David Geffen Hall set to open in October, two years ahead pf schedule. The new space will improve 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. 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 all this while respecting the iconic exterior.
“This new facility will truly be a cultural home for all New Yorkers — offering tens of thousands of feet of public space, even if you aren’t catching a show,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
“The new David Geffen Hall will be NYC’s cultural hub, teeming with excitement from early morning to late at night,” said Katherine Farley, Chair of the Board of Directors at Lincoln Center.
Lincoln Center says on every level, the vibrancy of materials and color will be in concert with the level of performance found within the hall. Patrons will enjoy a vastly improved concert-going experience with additional concessions, restrooms and intimate spaces to gather.
The centerpiece is the Grand Promenade. With the escalators moved to the sides of the building, the central space will be more spacious and open. A large bar, clad in black granite, will anchor the Grand Promenade, which will also have access points to the outer terrace. A restaurant, patrons lounge, and “music box” will also be part of the public spaces at David Geffen Hall.
Vivid reds, oranges, fuchsias, deep blues, silver, gold and bronze will give the space dimension and character. On every level, the walls will be covered in an abstracted motif of falling flower petals rendered in felt. As the petals descend from upper to lower floors, there will be a sense of movement and identity to each level. Complementing the textiles will be eight petaled brass chandeliers.