Thursday, December 10, 2009
Diller and Scofidio transform Alice Tully Hall Lincoln Center
Diller and Scofidio have never been the types to turn down a challenge. There latest endeavor was no different. The intellectual Cooper Union architecture professors building fantastic new structures have done it again taking the impossible and rewriting the script. Given the existing structure at Lincoln Center, Diller and Scofidio have transformed a piece of generic 1960' s rational modern structure by Pietro Belluschi into a dynamic piece of neo-modern architecture that activates one of Manhattan's most unique public spaces. The carving out of the front facade allows for a large cantilevered volume that hangs tenuously resting on a thin glass curtain wall. Beneath the cantilever a glass volume is clipped on further defying gravity. The strategy of reusing an existing structure but transforming it into something altogether new is both economically savvy and gives a nod to the sustainable direction of architecture in the future.