Up at Lincoln Center, where wannabees are crashing gates and fashionistas are kicking it in red, local starchitects Diller Scofidio + Renfro are continuing their transformation of the cultural campus by bridging West 65th Street with another swooping sling of steel and glass. This is the new pedestrian overpass, aka the Presidents Bridge, going in to replace the elevated Brutalist mass of Milstein Plaza that covered the better part of this block before it was jackhammered to bits back in '06, allowing expensive greenery to grow along this foreboding stretch.
To span the divide between north and south, DS+R are working with structural engineers Dewhurst MacFarlane and Partners, the team who brought us that crazy Stairway to Nowhere in Times Square and the cantilevered canopies around the corner along Columbus. What's going in over 65th Street is a Y-shaped arm of glass and steel, connecting the Walter Reade Theater on the north to the grass-topped Lincoln eatery and Vivian Beaumont Theater to the south.
Atop the Beaumont, a block of beautiful simplicity from Eero Saarinen, the framework for the new LCT3 addition by the design team at H3 is totally trussed out. This is all part of a new Street of the Arts along West 65th, where sidewalks have been widened, flashy signage installed and the sun is once again allowed to warm the walk.
· Lincoln Center Renovation coverage [Curbed]