Hypar Pavilion / Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFowle

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Construction is complete on Hypar Pavilion at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, situated on the edge of Hearst Plaza and 65th Street, the new free standing structure is the home of a new public lawn and restaurant.

The dual requirements of a destination restaurant and a public green space located within the confines of the Plaza are satisfied with a single architectural gesture sited between the reflecting pool and the plaza’s north edge. Elizabeth Diller comments, “Hypar Pavilion’s moment of invention came when we discovered how to design a destination restaurant without consuming public space on the Lincoln Center campus. The roof became a new kind of interface between public and private, with an occupiable twisting grass canopy over a glass pavilion restaurant.”

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Architects: Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFOWLE
Location: City, , USA
Design Team Principals: Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro
Design Senior Associate: Kevin Rice
Architecture Team: Zoe Small, Haruka Saito, Ann-Rachel Schiffman, Stefan Roeschert, Michael Hundsnurcher, Roman Loretan, Dan Sakai, Chris Andreacola, Anthony Saby, Mateo Antonio de Cardenas, Toshikatsu Kiuchi, Felipe Ferrer, Hallie Terzopolos
Core and Shell Design: with FXFOWLE
Kitchen Design: Yui Design
Lighting: Tillotson Design Associates
SMEP: Ove Arup & Partners
Acoustical: Jaffe Holden
Telephone and Data Consulting: Shen Milsom & Wilke
Construction: Turner Construction
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

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The Hypar Pavilion lawn is accessed at its single point of contact with the Plaza. The 7,200sf lawn surface lifts up at two opposing corners creating a space for the restaurant sandwiched between the Plaza level and the twisting parabolic roof. The resulting topography of the lawn above is oriented away from city noise and traffic, creating a bucolic urbanism.

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The 11,000 sqf restaurant occupies two levels with entrances from 65th street and Hearst Plaza. The main dining floor is co-planar with the Plaza surface and the transparent facades link diners to Lincoln Center’s public life that spills onto the plaza before, during, and after performances. At its center is the 1,000 sqf kitchen open to the dining areas. The restaurant has a capacity for 194 guests including a Lounge area, Bar seating and private Dining Room located on the 65th street level.

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Hypar Pavilion continues Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s strategic updates to the Lincoln Center campus, which previously included: the redesign of Alice Tully Hall, the expansion and renovation of The Juilliard School, and the public Promenade project.

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Cite: "Hypar Pavilion / Diller Scofidio + Renfro with FXFowle" 07 Dec 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 Sep 2014. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=94493>


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    I really hope they don’t use non-native strain of your typical lawn grass though, since that stuff is a guzzler of water and takes LOTS of resources to maintain. It takes 270 billion gallons of water a WEEK to maintain lawns in the US? That’s enough to water eighty-one million acres of organic vegetable, ALL SUMMER LONG. So… while the idea is pretty cool, I really really hope the project is sustainable, by maybe using native species, drought-hardy, alternative ground covers… but it doesn’t look like it. And forget style, why not use it as an organic vegetable/herb garden the restaurant can use for it’s ingredients?

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      Because funny enough, no one’s going there for the restaurant. I go to school right up the block, and our students, the students of Juilliard School, and people waiting for a performance at Lincoln Center are meeting and hanging out on the lawn, and not at the restaurant. Landscape urbanism is the future! In another part of the city, maybe a garden would make sense but not here..

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    OMG- I love this!! it is so inventive and it provides great inspiration for my imagination to run wild… I was looking for something exactly like this!

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    It seemed a built project for Japanese Architect kazuyo Sejima long time ago. But diller adopted this idea and used their project. why not! let more people inspire good ideas.

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