In troubled times like these any support for arts institutions is more than welcome, so props must go out to the gang at Lincoln Center, where a new column of steel and mega-boltage has been added to the recently opened entrance to the Juilliard School on West 65th Street. We first showed what was to be a swooping canopy over an all-glass entryway when it was under construction about a year ago. It's all part of architecture firm Diller Scofidio & Renfro's rethinking of this big box, originally designed by Pietro Belluschi and Eduardo Catalano.
When this final piece of the Lincoln Center complex opened in 1969 it was considered a masterwork of Brutalism, but New Yorkers didn't exactly fall in love with it. So now it's out with the old and in with the new. The flashy re-design for Alice Tully Hall and environs has been ongoing. Clearly it's getting some re-touches along the way, as can be seen when comparing the original renderings and what's showing up. What's there now may be less transparent, but safety and solid support must come first.
· Lincoln Center coverage [Curbed]