Hypar Pavilion and Lincoln Ristorante



The Hypar Pavilion resolves the dual requirements of a destination restaurant and a campus green within the limited open area of Lincoln Center’s North Plaza by stacking the two functions in a single gesture between the reflecting pool and the plaza’s north edge. A twisted plane acts as a contoured ceiling over the restaurant with views to the plaza and street, while its top surface is a publicly accessible green roof of robust grasses. The resulting topography is oriented away from city noise and traffic, toward the Reflecting Pool and central campus. The Hypar Pavilion touches down at one corner of the plaza to provide access into the urban topography, which elevates the public from the hubbub of the city and creates a new form of urban bucolic. The display kitchen beneath puts the theatricality of food preparation center stage in the dining room. Beneath the plaza level of the Hypar Pavilion is the core and shell structure for Film Society’s two screening rooms, a lobby, café, and the prep kitchen for the restaurant, which serves 160 diners and 40 at the bar.

  • Lawn roof
    Lawn roof
  • Lincoln Ristorante display kitchen
    Lincoln Ristorante display kitchen
  • Hypar from above with Reflecting Pool beyond
    Hypar from above with Reflecting Pool beyond
Project information
Size (GSF)35718LocationNew York, United States
Partner-in-ChargeElizabeth Diller
PartnersRicardo Scofidio and Charles Renfro
Project DirectorKevin Rice
Project ArchitectZoë Small
Design TeamJason Abbey,Jeff Anglada,Nicholas Cates,Annie Coombs,Aaron Dai,Hugh Dunbar,Fernanda Frietas,David Glick,Andre Goltsblat,Adam Griff,Carl Hauser,William Haskas,Sylvia Hernandez,Nina Kinoti-Metz,Daniel Kohn,Jiyoung Lee,Alex Leung,Arthur Liu,Robert Loken,Brenda May,Steve Mielke ,Sean Murphy,Daniel Romero,Monika Sarac,Andrea Schelly,Sebastian Touzet,Haruka Saito,Roman Loretan,Anne-Rachel Schiffmann,Stefan Roeschert,Michael Hundsnurscher,and Mateo Antonio de Cardenas
External credits
Diller Scofidio + Renfro in collaboration with FXCollaborativeDesign Architects
ArupStructural Engineering and Mechanical Engineering
Mathews Nielsen Landscape ArchitectsLandscape
Frank S. RossiTurf Grass Specialist
Tillotson Design AssociatesLighting Design
2 x 4Graphics
Heintges & AssociatesCurtain Wall
James R. Gainfort Consulting ArchitectsWaterproofing Consultant
IROS Elevator Design Services LLCElevator Consultant
AegisSecurity Consultant
JaffeHoldenAcoustics (Lincoln Ristorante)
Yui DesignKitchen Design (Lincoln Ristorante)
Shen Milsom & WilkeAV, Telecom and Data (Lincoln Ristorante)
Construction SpecificationsSpecifications (Lincoln Ristorante)
Rich HauslerHardware Consultant (Lincoln Ristorante)
Jerome S. Gilman Consulting Code Consultant (Lincoln Ristorante)
Turner Construction CompanyConstruction Manager
    Photography by Iwan Baan