Proposal to remodel the Lincoln Centre, New York
A proposal to remodel the Lincoln Centre in New York, enhancing the site and its presence within the city. Although identified as a square on maps and sited in an important location, Lincoln Square’s impact is diminished by the design of surrounding buildings and their orientation away from the main open space. Robert Adam was one of three firms asked to prepare proposals of the site, the results of which were published in the urban affairs magazine ‘City Journal’. The remodelled site contains a new urban village of buildings clustered around a fountain court. This configuration makes a direct link to Lincoln Square via a new entrance plaza in the northeast corner. The surrounding new buildings strengthen this link; the new Opera House Tower has a particularly strong visual connection with the Square, set across a diagonal vista from the south-west. The adjoining Metropolitan opera house has a rooftop terrace restaurant, linked to Damrisch Park. Collectively, the classical buildings unify the Square, enhancing its presence from Broadway and emphasising its status on the wider Manhattan Island.
Designed by Robert Adam