Lincoln Center

  • Lincoln Center is a dynamic economic engine for New York, hosting five million visitors a year.
  • The project opened on schedule in February 2009, earning critical acclaim in the press, construction industry and community.
  • With its innovative use of materials and space-generating structure, the project sets a new standard for future buildings in the city.

Lincoln Center is the world’s leading performing arts centre. Located on 16.3 acres in New York City, the complex comprises 12 Resident Organisations, including the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera and the Juilliard School.

The expansion and renovation of the Center’s Julliard School and Alice Tully Hall focuses on the existing concert hall, music school and associated smaller halls and rehearsal spaces. The project adds approximately 150,000ft2 of new spaces to the existing building and upgrades interior finishes, building services and life safety systems. This project is the flagship of the ongoing major redevelopment of Lincoln Center.

As a sub-consultant to the architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXFOWLE, Arup provided structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire engineering services.

The transformation of the Juilliard School and Alice Tully Hall opens the existing building to the neighbourhood, making it more accessible to the public. The design of the structure allows the expansion of the Juilliard School into a dramatic cantilevered glass volume to the eastern side of the building. This also creates a new lobby for Alice Tully Hall, including a new café/bar and public plaza underneath.

At the prominent intersection of Broadway and 65th Street, the new public plaza engages pedestrians with seating and an outdoor amphitheatre. A new black box theatre, orchestra rehearsal studio, library expansion, archive for rare music manuscripts plus many smaller studios, rehearsal rooms, jazz studios and a new large dance rehearsal room position the Juilliard School as one of the world’s premiere music, dance and drama institutions. The improved facilities will allow Lincoln Center to continue its tradition in offering world-class performances and education to local, national and international audiences.

With its innovative use of new materials, unique space generating structure, interface of new and old and logistical and schedule challenges the project pushed New York City’s design and contractor community to the boundaries of construction technologies and what could be built, setting a new standard for future buildings in the city.

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    Arup's work on renovation and expansion is a flagship part of the Lincoln Center redevelopment.

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    The building is opened up to the neighbourhood with glass façades and public outdoor spaces.