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The innovative design by the critically acclaimed architectural firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with Fox and Fowle Architects embraces the spirit of the original 1960s architecture, while incorporating elements of transparency and fluidity to create a new language celebrating the vitality of the cultural complex today. The plan includes the significant renovation and expansion of several of Lincoln Center's cultural facilities, new and improved amenities for the public, and a dramatic new street presence for seven resident organizations: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.; The Juilliard School; The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; The Film Society of Lincoln Center; The School of American Ballet; Lincoln Center Theater; and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

Lincoln Centers West 65th Street initiative - the first in a series of independent but related building projects anticipated over the next decade marks the launch of Bravo Lincoln Center, a fundraising campaign to invigorate the world's largest performing arts center. In addition to providing enhanced accessibility and facilities, the redesigned West 65th Street and adjoining public spaces on the street and plaza levels will welcome visitors year-round, day and night, with a new campus green for relaxing and mingling, fine and casual dining options, a new store and enhanced visitor orientation services.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro leads a distinguished design team that includes Fox and Fowle Architects, L'Observatoire International, Inc., Cooper Robertson & Partners, and 2 X 4. The project is scheduled to begin construction in 2006 and completed in 2009.

Lincoln Center's newest expansion will begin with the October 2004 opening of Jazz at Lincoln Center in the 100,000-square-foot Frederick P. Rose Hall at Columbus Circle, designed by Rafael Vinoly.

Noted Liz Diller, of Diller Scofidio + Renfro,"We imagine a Lincoln Center that is more Lincoln Center than Lincoln Center. Rather than replace the image of this cultural icon with one alien to it, we propose to amplify its most successful features and fulfill its unrealized potential. The challenge is to interpret the genetic code of this 'Monumental Modernism' into a language for younger, more diverse audiences following several generations of cultural and political change. We would like to turn the campus inside-out by extending the intensity within the performance halls into the mute public spaces between those halls and the surrounding streets. The range of the project's scope requires an effort that dissolves boundaries between urban planning, architecture, streetscape and landscape design."

The redesign and revitalization of 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam will create a dynamic "front door" for the thousands of visitors and more than 5,000 artists, teachers and students who work and practice every day on the block's 13 stages, 80 rehearsal rooms, 81 practice rooms and 13 dance studios. The "Street of the Arts" will reinforce Lincoln Center's position as a cultural destination and workplace where the performing arts are learned, practiced, developed, and presented daily.

Another component of the project entails a building program for the public spaces of the North Plaza, which is designed to encourage Lincoln Center patrons and visitors to linger pre and post performance. This program includes expanding the width of the grand stairway on 65th Street from 32 to 55 feet and making the slope more gradual so that the public spaces and buildings on the Plaza are more visible from the street. This will become a major entrance into the campus. Computerized LED text with programming information would be displayed on the risers of the stairs and scroll dynamically across the risers of the steps to the east wall.

An expanded lobby and a dramatic new West 65th Street entrance leading to both the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi E. Newhouse Theaters with a floating glass facade and marquee would be created for this distinctive Saarinen-designed building. The opening up of the theater to pedestrians and drivers passing by will serve to increase the visibility of the building and provide a new "front door." The redesign of the new lobby will enhance the visitor experience for the 45 percent of audience members who enter from West 65th Street.

The entrance for the Samuel B. and David Rose Building, located on 65th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam Avenues, will be redesigned, creating an inviting, glass-enclosed lobby with improved security. A new pedestrian circulation hub would connect the Rose Building and Juilliard, producing a prominent street presence and joining the plaza level lobby with new escalators and stairs from the street, a pedestrian footbridge from the North Plaza and a small crossing from Juilliard's student lounge. Overall, the program establishes dynamic new identities for the resident organizations and facilities of the Rose Building, including the School of American Ballet, The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Walter Reade Theater, The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc., as well as Lincoln Center Institute, the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the Kaplan Penthouse, and dormitories.

 
Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro


Courtesy Diller Scofidio + Renfro
 
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