Alice Tully Hall



The redesign of Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall transformed the 1960s multipurpose venue with B+ acoustics into a world-class chamber music hall with A+ acoustics, a strong street identity, and upgraded functionality for all performance needs. The sloped underside of Juilliard’s expansion serves as the canopy framing the hall, its expanded lobby and box office. A shear one–way cable net glass façade puts the hall on display. Tucked under The Juilliard School, the opaque base of Pietro Belluschi’s building is stripped away to reveal the hall’s outer shell. The liner of African moabi is tailored around all existing hall features and new programmatic elements to eliminate visual noise and illumination emerges from the wood skin the way a bioluminescent marine organism exudes an internal glow. A percentage of the wood liner is constructed of translucent custom–molded resin panels surfaced in veneer to match and blend seamlessly with the wood, binding the house and stage with light. Like the raising of a chandelier or the parting of a curtain signaling the start of performance, the blush will be part of the performance choreography: a hush will fall in the seconds of transition from distraction to attention when the blushing walls become the first performer.

Designed in collaboration with FXCollaborative

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Project information
Size (GSF)150000LocationAlice Tully Hall, New York, United States
Partner-in-ChargeElizabeth Diller
PartnersRicardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro
Project DirectorBenjamin Gilmartin
Project ArchitectAnthony Saby
Design TeamKevin Rice,Robert Condon,Stefan Gruber,Eric Howeler,Michael Hundsnurscher,Ben Mickus,Filip Tejchman,Josh Uhl,Chiara Baccarini,Mateo Antonio de Cardenas,Felipe Ferrer,Frank Gesualdi,Sebastian Guivernau,Rainer Hehl,Krists Karklins,Gaspar Libedinsky,and Shawn Mackinnon
External credits
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborativeDesign Architects
ArupStructural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
L'Observatoire InternationalLighting Design
JaffeHoldenAcoustic Consultants
Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. Theater Consultants
2 x 4Graphics
Heintges & AssociatesCurtain Wall
Gehry TechnologiesBIM Modeling
Construction SpecificationsSpecifications
Jerome S. Gillman ConsultingCode Consultant
Van Deusen & AssociatesElevator Consultant
Aggleton & AssociatesSecurity Consultant
Architectural Woodwork IndustriesMillwork Adviser
Turner Construction CompanyConstruction Manager
    Photography by Iwan Baan