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David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center in New York City by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
February 1st, 2012 by Sanjay Gangal
Article source: Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects
Harmony atrium, a privately owned public space, was a defacto homeless shelter and small rock-climbing business. Lincoln Center sponsored the space with the true intention of creating a place for the public.
Wedged into Manhattan’s dense fabric, the 7000 SF passageway serves as Lincoln Center’s public visitor facility, welcoming city newcomers and neighborhood residents. The space, known as The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, offers free performances, information and tickets to events, and a place to have a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.
Cantilevered canopies announce the presence of the atrium. Visitors enter through large glass doors. They are greeted by 20 foot-high plant walls. Green marble benches, as well as moveable chairs and tables, offer places to rest. A fountain in the ceiling drops thin streams of water into a stone basin. Sixteen occuli pierce the golden ceiling to bring natural light into the double height space. In the evening, they are illuminated with colored artificial lights creating an ideal atmosphere for concerts.
Enormous felt paintings hang on two walls. One installation, grey ellipses rolling playfully on a yellow background, relates to the ceiling, and the other surrounds a media wall that serves as a canvas for projected information, images, and film. Transformed by light, color, texture, and thoughtfully chosen materials, the space is now a tranquil and welcoming oasis. In the first five months, more than 250,000 people visited the atrium.
Tags: New York
Category: Port's public spaces