Diller Scofidio + Renfro has completed another stage in their massive overhaul of Lincoln Center: A new home for the famed Julliard School.
The new 45,000-square-foot development occupies the upper floors of the building that houses the recently completed Alice Tully Hall. Apropos of a school for the performing arts, the space puts all of its inhabitants on display, like a fish tank or a stage (depending on your perspective).
Maybe the best example is the main public space, a huge set of stairs that double as seating–which face out onto Broadway and turn the social life inside the building into a living tableaux:
And from across the street, the drama rises. A glass-walled dance studio looks cool enough from the inside…
… but actually, the best feature is the outside. The dance studio itself hangs from the underside of the building, and creates what amounts to a picture box and a free show for passersby:
The superb detailing throughout:
The beautiful, monolithic box office:
The cleverly designed public benches outside. Note how the backrest of the lower-level seats becomes the seatpan for the higher levels: