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David Geffen Hall

New York, New York

Client: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Design Architect: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Executive Architect: Diamond Schmitt Architects
Theatre Consultant: Fisher Dachs Associates
Acoustic Consultant: Akustics
Completion: 2022

The new David Geffen Hall, home to the New York Philharmonic, has officially opened its doors to the public. Designed on the concept of a ‘surround hall,’ the stage has been brought forward by 25 feet, allowing seating to envelop it on all sides. This enhances acoustics and sight lines, and creates a more intimate relationship between audience and performers. Flexible parterre seating behind the stage allows for a nearly 360-degree view, offering an entirely new audience experience.

The hall’s interior is wrapped in warm, natural sculpted beech wood walls that enhance the auditory experience of acoustic performances on stage. In addition to its natural acoustics for symphonic, choral and recital performances, the design’s state-of-the-art flexibility accommodates opera, dance, film premieres, and more, ensuring artistic vitality for a new generation of composers and performers.

FMS is pleased to be part of this prestigious team, working together to reimagine and improve the hall’s ambiance, resonance, and lighting, along with improving the public spaces.