We've been obsessive with coverage of the renovation at Lincoln Center by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro, but somehow we've missed out on a big part of the project (no, not the Miuccia Prada and Herzog and de Meuron mash-up at the Met): The new subterranean roadway along Columbus Avenue being built in conjunction with the gang from Beyer Blinder Belle and dubbed the Lincoln Center Promenade. To make up for lost time, and as the Promenade nears completion, we're giving a glimpse of the goodies.
Troublesome traffic bottlenecks along Columbus Avenue will soon be hidden below, with the addition of multiple sunken lanes tagged the "Roslyn and Elliot Jaffe Family Drive," providing "a convenient and weatherproof location" for subterranean pick-ups and drop-offs. Those arriving by subway will find glass-walled passageways leading to renovated concourse corridors, with new escalators and stairs connected to the theaters up top. All that underground traffic is now spanned by an expanded grand staircase covered in Twiga Granite pavers, widened by 60 feet and doubled in depth, flanked by two wings of floating glass canopies leading up to the Josie Robertson Plaza and the free show at Vegas on the Hudson.
At both ends of the underground lanes, an "urban forest" has been planted, replacing expanses of concrete at 62nd and 65th Streets, with places to sit and LED screens announcing what's on the boards. As with all construction there have been little hitches along the way, and outside the Koch Theater one such boo-boo is on view: A big panel of the three-ply canopy glass has shattered into a spiderweb of cracks, interrupting the flow of fritted glass. Considering the record of prior fixes, these little troubles should be remedied in time for the scheduled completion later this winter.
· Lincoln Center Renovation coverage [Curbed]
· Fact Sheet: Lincoln Center Promenade [lincolncenter.org]