The wall corresponds to the scale of the urban street grid, articulating the interrupted axis of 59th Street with a balanced layering of reflected and transmitted views.

Images

THE CABLE-NET SPANS 59TH STREET LAYERING VIEWS ON ITS VERTICAL AND INCLINED SURFACES

JAZZ@LINCOLN CENTER'S ALLEN ROOM USES THE WALL AS A DYNAMIC BACKDROP

THE INCLINDED CABLE-NET ACOUSTICALLY ISOLATES THE ALLEN ROOM WHILE PRESERVING THE DRAMATIC URBAN CONTEXT

THE MINIMAL ENTRY CANOPY IS FULLY INTEGRATED INTO THE WALL

THE TRANSPARENCY OF THE WALL IS PRESERVED AT THE ENTRY

Description

James Carpenter Design Associates, working with SOM, developed a complete scheme for the atrium enclosure at the Time Warner building on Columbus Circle in New York. The complex is comprised of two towers separated by an east facing atrium, measuring approximately 150 feet high by 85 feet wide by 90 feet deep, and subdivided horizontally into the main public entry and retail at the lower levels and the performance lobby for Jazz@Lincoln Center at the upper level.

To match the scale of the volume and the urban street grid, JCDA conceived the largest cable-net wall in the United States built at that time: the width of the wall matches the width of 59th Street, visually extending it into the building. The most radical element was the hanging of two cable-net walls from a single inclined truss.

The outer 150 foot (45.7m) high cable-net wall is anchored to the top chord of this inclined truss while the inner cable-net wall is anchored to the lower chord of the truss. The exterior cable-net wall presents a unified highly transparent plane of glass, while the interior inclined cable-net acoustically isolates Jazz at Lincoln Center from unwanted sound, while maintaining complete transparency to the street below, providing the audience with direct views of Central Park and 59th Street. The low-iron glass also allows uninterrupted views into the retail space as well as into Jazz@Lincoln Center’s lobby performance space.

 

Client: Related Companies
Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill