The Juilliard School Expansion

As part of the Lincoln Center 65th Street Development Project, the Juilliard School and Tully Hall underwent a major renovation and expansion by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and FXFOWLE. Alice Tully Hall utilizes new interior materials, state-of-the-art technologies, and updated equipment for concerts, film, theater, and dance. The expansion of the Juilliard Building created a three-story all-glass lobby and sunken plaza beneath a new, cantilevered extension, “projecting a newly visible public identity to Broadway.”


L'O provided the lighting design for the concert hall, the school and surrounding public spaces. The lighting concept unifies and brings a nocturnal identity to the many public spaces, thereby accentuating the vitality of the institution’s nightlife. In the concert hall, the lighting is hidden behind the resin panels of the walls, making the walls themselves emit light. In lieu of the parting of the stage curtains, the start of the concert is signaled by the blushing walls.

Location New York, New York, USA
Date Completed 2009
Architect Diller, Scofidio + Renfro
Architect FXFOWLE
Client Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts
Type Universities + Libraries Performing Arts Centers
size155,000 ft2 / 14,000 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Jason Neches
Project Team Natalia Priwin Jessica Tchah
Photo Credits Iwan Baan