Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall

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Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall
Thomas Heatherwick in June at “Provocations,” an exhibition of his designs at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Photo: Emily Andrews
Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall
Thomas Heatherwick in June at “Provocations,” an exhibition of his designs at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum / Photo: Emily Andrews

They didn’t choose a starchitect.

In making the long-awaited decision as to who would reimagine its home, the New York Philharmonic — together with Lincoln Center — has made a surprising choice, selecting the London firm Heatherwick Studio and Diamond Schmitt Architects of Toronto to redesign the interior of David Geffen Hall.

“It seems like a real dream team,” said Jed Bernstein, Lincoln Center’s president, in a telephone interview.

Thomas Heatherwick, 45, is a British designer of sculpture, furniture and architecture who is best known for fanciful, often experimental projects including the British pavilion for Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo; a flaming caldron for the 2012 Olympic Games; and the new hybrid double-decker bus for London. But he has limited experience in major public buildings.

He will essentially be replacing the British heavyweight Norman Foster, the Pritzker-winning architect who a decade ago was commissioned to redesign what was then known as Avery Fisher Hall.

Mr. Heatherwick will be designing the last part of a campus that was recently transformed — to considerable success — by Diller Scofidio & Renfro, a prestigious firm passed over for this commission. […]

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