The Claire Tow Theater designed by H3 Architects is the first new performance hall to the Lincoln Center campus since its conception in the 1920’s. The theater was conceived as a way to attract younger audiences and host experimental theatrical productions, breaking from the Center’s reputation for traditional performance art. The 23,000 sf intervention to the Eero Saarinen-designed Vivian Beaumont Theater holds a 112-seat theater, administrative space and rehearsal rooms. The existing building is a simple glass box with a cantilevered roof clad in large travertine panels. It overlooks a black granite reflecting pool and the new DS+R-designed public lawn and restaurant. The H3 addition speaks to the quiet, formal massing of the building. The complementary glass box with metal sun screen perches atop the roof, now resurfaced with vegetation and a large outdoor terrace. The simple box glows at night and recedes into the sky during the day.
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