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Azure January February 2023 issue cover

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David Geffen Hall as seen from above

At a symphony performance, the most integral instrument is perhaps the concert hall itself. Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall is a case in point. Originally designed by Max Abramovitz, the New York Philharmonic’s headquarters had been notorious for poor acoustics since its opening in 1962. Over the years, several architects, including Philip Johnson, sought to resolve the issues, to no avail. But the latest revamp, completed this past October, may finally mark the end of this sonic saga.

Toronto-based firm Diamond Schmitt (which also operates a New York office) won the competition for the hall’s design in 2015 based in part on its experience with Toronto’s Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts and the Mariinsky II...

David Geffen Hall Gets an Acoustic — and Aesthetic — Overhaul

The renovation of David Geffen Hall addresses issues of acoustics and accessibility to create a “cultural living room” for New York City.

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