The famed Lincoln Center concert hall, home to the New York Philharmonic, was designed by Max Abramovitz in 1962 and redesigned by Philip Johnson and John Burgee just over a decade later. Both versions, however, were plagued by poor acoustics, an existential flaw that Diamond Schmitt’s elegant redesign aims to correct. Working closely with an acoustician, the designers transformed the shoebox-shaped hall into a more flexible and adaptable curvilinear space with fewer seats and a more intimate feel. At David Geffen Hall, seating now encircles the stage, bringing the audience closer to the performers, and walls clad in undulating beechwood panels do double duty, creating visual warmth and improving sound quality.
Team Gary McCluskie with Sybil Wa (Diamond Schmitt), Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects); Peter Flamm (Lincoln Center); Eli Gottlieb (Thornton Tomasetti); Andrew Rocca (Turner Construction); Steve Lembo (Kohler Ronan); Paul Scarbrough (Akustiks); Joshua Dachs (Fisher Dachs Associates); Paula Martinez-Nobles (Fisher Marantz Stone)
The designers transformed the shoebox-shaped hall into a more flexible and adaptable space with a more intimate feel.