David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center

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Designed by esteemed architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, the 7,000 sf atrium is part of the sixteen-acre Lincoln Center campus and is one of about 500 privately owned public spaces in New York City. The tall, open space is host to many free events throughout the year and includes a cafe, restrooms, informal seating, a box office and an information center. Located on Broadway, the atrium feels carved out of the dense urban fabric. Its tall glass facades and cantilevered canopies reach out and invite the public inside. Blue Pietra stone surrounding a calming water feature and two 21-foot tall hydroponic green walls bring the outside inside. Sixteen large occuli fill the atrium with natural light during the day and glow with colorful LED lighting at night. A large, felt wall art installation by Claudy Jongstra takes inspiration from the organic shapes of the occuli. A 42’-wide video screen activates the atrium with rotating artwork, provides the means to telecast performances to the public, and serves as a theater for video performances.

(2009) Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Photos: Nic Lehoux

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