• David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center
  • David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center

New York, New York

Architects: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects; Diamond Schmitt


The new Lincoln Center David Geffen Hall, designed by Diamond Schmitt and Tod Williams/Billie Tsien Architects, was decades in the works but completed ahead of schedule and under budget since the pandemic forced the closure of the Avery Fisher Hall.

The first priority was to improve and revitalize the acoustics inside the main theater, to make sure it was the best-in-class acoustic experience for the New York Philharmonic. What resulted is a completely new theater inside the building, not just a renovation, creating an intimate and inclusive experience for the audience. 

Everything in the building, from door handles to floorboards to railings, feels reassuringly solid. 

Pulp Studio created over 8,700 square feet of flat and bent laminated glass railings and guardrails, chemically strengthened for the tight 8” radii specified for the job. Pulp Studio’s proprietary Precision Edge® technology was used to post-polish the glass edgework for a refined look using their two decade old proven process. In addition, guardrail glass was added with a specially Etched Low-iron laminated glass, finished with a digital design for an enhanced level of privacy and intimacy.  

Other credits:

Glass: Lafayette Metal & Glass Company – Hauppauge, NY

Owner Rep:  CMDC Consulting, LLC

Acoustics: a-‘ku-stiks

Theatre: Fisher Dachs Associates

Mechanical/Electrical: Kohler Ronan, LLC