Avery Fisher Hall To Be “Radically” Renovated

Interior of Avery Fisher Hall. Courtesy of Wikipedia Commons User Mikhail Klassen at en.wikipedia

About a decade’s passed since Foster+Partners won the competition to re-design Avery Fisher Hall (as part of ’s campus-wide re-haul, designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro), and the famous music hall is finally ready to go through with it – just not necessarily with Foster+Partners.

After Lincoln Center and the New York Philharmonic failed to raise the $300 million they needed to cover construction costs, and due to concerns that displacing the orchestra would jeopardize potential revenue, Foster+Partners’ plans languished. However, the Philharmonic is now under new leadership, and its young directors are anxious to transform the conventional music hall, hence why they’ve decided to solicit new proposals for the building.

As the Orchestra’s new executive eirector, Matthew VanBesien, told the New York Times: “If you’re not thinking about the way in which our art form and music and audiences are evolving, you’re not serving the art form long term. You really want to build this next great hall in a new way, to do the kinds of things you maybe are doing but want to do in a more compelling way or maybe can’t even imagine yet.”

More info about the proposal for the new Avery Fisher Hall, after the break…

Lincoln Center Installation / DS + R

© Iwan Baan

This just in from Diller Scofidio + Renfro.  The firm has recently completed an installation at that will serve as the primary entrance for over seventy fashion events taking place this week .  The dramatically hovering volume of 50 ft seems to float without support above the plaza.  Constructed to mirror the travertine cladding of the Center, the canopy is a fabric structure that wraps about a structural support system.  Yet, the effect of walking under a seemingly travertine volume is completely breath-taking and leaves people marveling at its construction.  Only when the viewer sees the fabric gently cascading about the bottom of the installation does its flexibility become apparent.

More images from our friend, architectural photographer Iwan Baan.

Finishing touches for Lincoln Center / DS + R

Chad Batka for The Times

Amidst finishing the second installation of the High Line with James Corner Field Operations, and beginning to design the Broad Museum in downtown Los Angeles, DS + R has carved out a little pocket of time to add the finishing touches to their redesign of Lincoln Center.    According to the Times, the team has turned their attention to the smaller details of project, specifically the Center’s electronic infoscape.   It takes a lot to stop a New Yorker, yet Reynold Levy, Lincoln Center’s president, told the Times, “We think this will cause them to stop in their tracks and really take a look. We are endeavoring to create a feeling, engender a mood, provide a sense of the drama and the beauty of what goes on in our halls. We want to attract passers-by, but we also want to surprise Upper West Siders.”

More about the new infoscape after the break.