TOUR // Lincoln Center to Central Park West

David Rubenstein Atrium – Metropolitan Opera House – Julliard School & Alice Tully Hall – Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center – New York Public Library for Performing Arts – “Ladies and gentlemen…The Beatles!” – Dakota Building

 Lincoln Center Tour Guide




2:15 p.m David Rubenstein Atrium

We meet at the David Rubestain Atrium, right across the street from Lincoln Center complex, were we had the chance to have a coffee while we presented the tour and talked about the readings assigned.

This POPS (Privately owned Public Space) is the first LEED certified building of the Lincoln Campus and its an interesting indoor public space with its two vertical gardens designed by Laurent Corradi and Christine Stefanetti. They also have a wide program of  free public performances on Thrusdays, we leave you here the link to their calendar:

Assigned Readings to the class:

Interview to Diller and Scofidio about their recent renovations: diller scofidio otero-pailos – morphing lincoln center\


Building certification (related to David R. Atrium)

The Beatles



With this readings we wanted the class to learn about the historic development of the site, as well as the controversial new architectural interventions through different approaches.


3:00 p.m Metropolitan Opera

We arrived at the opera at 2:45 for our guided tour which took about 90 min approximately.



4:30 Julliard School and Alice Tully Hall (2009 Diller Scofidio)

After a brief introduction of the history of the site from the  former San Juan Hill neighborhood (showed in West Side Story) to the Robert Moses’s plan of 1956, we decide to start the tour at the first of the series of renovations that have been done during the last five years. We found the corner of Broadway with 65th street its the best place to understand the architects intention. By the transformation the eastern façade and the design of the public space at the street level they make the building more comprehensible and accessible to the public. But Diller and Scofidio didn’t want their intervention to be mistaken with the old Belluschi’s brutalist design, the new materials try to speak in a different but harmonic language with the old, making a clear line time reading . This is one of the main reasons why they have been very criticized. Some people disagree with the fact that the buildings are not landmark protected and fear the new interventions will break the unity of the design of the Moses plan.


Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center (2011, Rockwell Group) and Licoln Center bridge (2012, Diller Scofidio)

From the Julliard we walk up one level and cross the bridge. On our way to the New York Public Library for performing arts we stop at the plaza to analyze the evolution of the space from the old plan to the new one. The bridge becomes lighter and opens up the street to more public activity underneath, but yet on the other hand the public space created on the upper level is lost. The plaza its rethought to enable more spontaneous interaction between the institutions and the with the public.


New York Public Library for Performing Arts, “Ladies and gentlemen…The Beatles!”

After having a quick look through the facilities we dig into pop culture with a visit to the exhibition  about the 50 anniversary of the first visit of the Beatles to May 10).

Dakota building, Strawberry fields and Imagine Mosaic


Following this new line our next stop is the Dakota building, one of the most famous residential buildings in New York City. The building was built by Edward Clark head of the Singer Sewing machine company in 1880. It contains 65 apartments, no two alike, and has been the house of many famous people along history. The most famous of all probably were John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The tour ends at the strawberry fields, named in 1981 in honor to the couples favorite area of central park. The region was re-landscaped by Bruce Kelley thanks to the 1 million dollar donation of Yoko Ono. The imagine mosaic, named after another famous song of the band its a tribute to John Lennon’s spot of death.

After our long walk we tried luck at the rush back at the Opera but we discovered a special discount for students ( so we had the opportunity to see the conclusion of all the work they had shown as a couple of hours before during our backstage tour.

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