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Lincoln Center Bringing Plants, Sandwiches to Atrium

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The Lincoln Center's Harmony Atrium, a enclosed public pass-through between Broadway and Columbus Avenue, used to be known for two things: homeless peopple and a climbing wall. Now, more than two years after a Harmony redo was first hinted at (the atrium is now closed), the plans for the renovation have been revealed. The Times has the scoop, and the new renderings above are the work of Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects. The new Harmony Atrium, between West 62nd and 63rd Streets, will feature 20-foot-high walls of plants and rods of falling water. The ceiling will have 16 intersecting occuli that will allow natural light to flow in. Inside, there will be food, a stage and Lincoln Center's version of a TKTS booth. There will also be plenty of benches for homeless people?er, theater enthusiasts?to rest on. The $22 million project may be complete by the fall of 2009, in time for the atrium's 50th anniversary.
· Vibrant Gateway Planned for Lincoln Center Campus [NYT]
· Lincoln Center to Recompose Harmony Atrium [Curbed]