The Re-Imagined David Geffen Hall

“The new David Geffen Hall building, with its greater audience intimacy, flexible acoustics, and variable stage configurations, will enable us to diversify our programming presentations to reflect our 21st-century musical world. This project marks an exciting new chapter in New York’s musical and artistic life, one that will brightly illuminate the future and the sublime creations from the past.”

Jane Moss, Ehrenkranz Artistic Director, Lincoln Center

David Geffen Hall, home to New York’s Philharmonic, at Lincoln Center is more than a music hall. It’s a cultural landmark. At its core the concert hall has through the years celebrated memorable moments, hosting notable performers and patrons.

Designed originally by Max Abramovitz in 1962, the hall has gone under multiple renovations over the decades. These efforts have attempted to address the—still unresolved—acoustical challenges.

The reimagination project reconceives the entire facility within its existing historic shell to create a more welcoming and intimate audience experience featuring state-of-the-art acoustics and technical capabilities. With a new concert hall as the building’s centerpiece, all public spaces are also being reconceptualized to provide greater opportunities for people to gather and more intuitive circulation throughout its public and back-of-house facilities.

The design transforms the existing concert hall from a cavernous rectilinear shoebox into a curvilinear unified room with flawless acoustics and optimized sightlines that will foster an intimate connection between the audience and performers. By relocating the stage forward by 25 feet and eliminating the proscenium, the seating wraps around the stage and brings the entire audience closer to the performers.

The new hall will be a flexible space that is readily adaptable to a range of stage and seating configurations supported by state-of-the-art infrastructure. In addition to a highly versatile performance space, the new hall also features updated back-of-house facilities to accommodate the wide-ranging needs of performers and production teams.

New interior public spaces will include a reconfigured main lobby, new entrance with improved visitor flow and accessibility, a large media wall visible from the street, expanded food and beverage service with access to the terrace, and new promontories overlooking the lobby level create a more welcoming and unified environment.

Client Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic
Completion 2022

Public Space Collaboration Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects
Images Courtesy of Lincoln Center and New York Philharmonic

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Nahid Ahmadi
Meaghan Aikins
Carlos Calpe Gargallo
Sherri Catt
Claudia Cozzitorto
Paul De Voe
Kholisile Dhliwayo
Nick Duch
Hugo Flammin
Mehdi Ghiyaei
Emre Goktay
Simge Goktay
Jim Graves
Brandon Griffin
Stephanie Huss
Taylor Knoche
Matthew Lella
Liheng Li
Michael Lukasik
Christiano Mahler
Gary McCluskie
Marcela Ortiz
Maya Orzechowska
Graeme Reed
Matthew Schmid
Donald Schmitt
Nigel Tai
Michael Treacy
Jose Trinidad
Brian Tseng
Sybil Wa
Russell Wooten
Coco Xiong
Albert Yu
Javier Zeller
Wei Zhao