The Juilliard School / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects with FXFOWLE, by Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

This seems to be a very good year for Diller Scofidio + Renfro: The opening of The Highline (a project in collaboration with Field Operations), the competition for the Audio and Image Museum in Brazil, the Creative Arts Center at Brown, the Alice Tully Hall at the Lincoln Center in New York

And now, thanks to architectural photographer Iwan Baan, we present you the recently completed Juilliard School, part of the major redevelopment plan for the Lincoln Center, project on which DS+R has been working with FXFOWLE.

The details on this project are stunning, specially the stairs.

More photos after the break. You can see our previous coverage of DS+R projects here.

Cite: "The Juilliard School / Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects with FXFOWLE, by Iwan Baan" 22 Nov 2009. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • ballistamagazine

    Those staircases are super sexy…looks as though DS+R spent a lot of time making places for students to mingle. The folded seating areas are quite nice as well, great project and very well documented.

  • FilipE

    It seems that sometimes they make too much to things that don’t need that much at all. Sometimes you can do just a simple seat, instead of that strange form we see in the last picture. We don’t need to complicate simple things to make them better looking.

    • sebastijan

      isn’t that the point of architecture? to complicate simple things… :-)

      • Public eye

        I have never thought that way. I like it! Architecture is to complicate simple things. (for the sake of aesthetic masked with sustainability, urban dynamic,whatever BIG words one could come up with.) Architecture is my hobby though.

    • lanois

      isnt it just a way of solving a condition of level changes with a bench and and a guardrail? whats complicated about that?

      i dont know how it was built, but is precast complicated?

    • lee

      urm, yeh but one structure becomes; stairs, railings, and two levels of seating it is not complicated just very good design…

  • Brennan

    I’d agree, if I were were a boring schlub. Try to have fun before you die…

    Your pal,

  • Waela

    Very interesting… It’s cool how a simple twist can make ordinary things more interesting, and therefore I would guess more usable; there’s no way I could pass by those stairs and not sit on them!

  • joe

    i like the las pic staircase and seating. It looks like the extension of the landscape….nice project

  • GRosario

    great project: simple and functional!

  • BAD

    I’m sure these people do not do it for themselves. It’s actually a good thing that others even spend time to create interesting approaches out of very simple objects. These are not negative things, especially in a space that might seem generic. They might actually make a small difference in your day. Hats off!

  • dimas agung kurnia

    i like it….simple but briliant !!!

  • teo

    How was that staircase build? I don’t see any central beam?….

    This is a beautiful interpretation – inspiring

    • Tex

      “How was that staircase build? I don’t see any central beam?….

      This is a beautiful interpretation – inspiring”

      That would be a good question for Zahner, the boys in Kansas City who made it.

  • cad

    Moar! floating stair pictures please

  • akrok design

    i love that stairscase! :-D

  • Samuel Ludwig

    I think you guys mean “especially” the stairs. Either way, I’ll have to check this project out once I’m back in New York. Iwan Baan has been kind of ho-hum lately.

  • FilipE

    “…simple but briliant !!!” Come on! That stair can be everything but simple! And more… “isn’t that the point of architecture? to complicate simple things” If architecture were this, there would be no point to exist!
    Do you want to complicate things? Call Morphosis! hahaha! They know how to do it!

  • Greg

    What’s so complicated about a stair-seating hybrid? It’s done all the time and if it generates unexpected social interactions within the space than it has done it’s job.

    Well done.

  • FilipE

    We don’t need to do real seatings to make people seat in a chair! Bed colours, bad design, with a table that has nothing to do with the rest. Too much for something that don’t need it!

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  • christopher

    the thing that irks me about those stairs is that no one remembers to integrate the rail at the bottom for the visually impaired. so it’s always an add-on after the inspector comes around to get their C of O.

    that is a big oops on the design IMO (and it’s not just this project–happens all the time)

    super sexy stair…if you can see it.

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  • salton

    Great project and very well executed!

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  • jp

    i really wish they broke off the handrail at the center to let people move from stair to seat midway through the transition

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  • Jean

    It’s so cool and funcional, a great and Very interesting stucture It’s cool, simple, and things more interesting, and therefore

  • andrea quixtán

    Juilliard School : #architecture #arquitectura

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    RT @andreitaQC Juilliard School : #architecture #arquitectura


    RT @andreitaQC: Juilliard School : #architecture #arquitectura