#32 Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Photograph Copyright Donna Pallotta
"Our designs grow seamlessly out of an existing space, tapping into its DNA, but giving it an entirely new image and public resonance," says Charles Renfro, partner in the New York-based architecture firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro. In 2009, it set the standard for how to break down the walls between public and private space. Two of its high-profile New York debuts -- High Line park , built atop an old rail line, and Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall -- kept even the most highfalutin tastemakers buzzing.
The firm's Lincoln Center revamp, to be rolled out over the coming year, opens the enclosed stone complex to the city, giving passersby a behind-the-scenes look at the space where more than 10,000 people work and study every day and making it theater itself. A large, swooping lawn will double as a roof for the new glass-enclosed Hypar Restaurant. "It's as if we sliced out a chunk of Central Park and moved it three blocks," Renfro says. "It feels like you're in a valley between two hills."
New York, NY
Principals Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, Charles Renfro
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total revenues for most recent fiscal year
what the company is most famous for
Designing the High Line, Lincoln Center redevelopment, the Institute of Contemporary Art on Boston Harbor.
why it's innovative
Its graceful designs, particularly the High Line and Lincoln Center's revamped Alice Tully Hall, open up public space, making visitors very much part of the art.
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