Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts and the New York Philharmonic have selected London-based Heatherwick Studio and Toronto-based Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall, the orchestra’s 2,738-seat home located on the corner of West 65th Street, on the Upper West Side, technically Lincoln Square. The Max Abramovitz-designed structure, which originally opened in 1962 as Philharmonic Hall, later becoming Avery Fisher Hall, will receive a $500 million gut renovation, according to the New York Times. A design will be released next summer, with construction scheduled to begin in 2019. Akustiks and Fisher Dachs, acoustic and theater design firms, respectively, are also part of the team. The project has been in the works for over a decade, or since the beginning of Lincoln Center’s redevelopment.
The city’s School Construction Authority is proposing to build an 180-seat pre-kindergarten school at 170 8th Street/197 9th Street, in Gowanus, located less than a block away from the F, G, and R trains’ stop at Fourth Avenue and 9th Street. According to Brooklyn Daily Eagle, the 13,500 square-foot thru-block lot is currently privately owned. The agency is beginning the public review process and is accepting the community’s input through mid December. The property’s two-story predecessor was demolished back in 1993.
Late last year, the K-12, all-girls Chapin School, at 100 East End Avenue, on the Upper East Side between East 84th and 85th Streets, applied for a variance to expand their eight-story, 168-foot-tall academic building to 11 stories or 183 feet in height. The expansion would increase the existing building by nearly 38,000 square feet to 170,285 square feet, according to the DOB, and would include additional classrooms, a dining hall, and gym. Earlier this month, the Board of Standards and Appeals approved the expansion, per DNAinfo, and construction will begin early next year. Completion is expected by the end of 2018, and NK Architects is the architect of record.
A little over a month ago, YIMBY reported on filings for a 13-story, 111,510 square-foot academic building at 115 East 97th Street, on the Upper East Side. The structure would allow the Marymount School to consolidate its programs into one facility, and DNAinfo now has a rendering of the school, which is being designed by CookFox Architects. The building will sport terraces and rooftop gardens, and will be equipped with the latest green technology, aiming for LEED certification. The project is expected to be sent to the Board of Standards and Appeals in the next few weeks, and ground breaking is tentatively slated for 2017.
The School Construction Authority has proposed constructing a new 33,400-square-foot, 600-seat middle school at 111-16 Astoria Boulevard, in East Elmhurst, according to DNAinfo. The lot is currently vacant and the city has not yet acquired the property. The new school would help overcrowding issues at other neighboring schools in the district. Comments on the proposal can be made through November 23rd.