Veteran performing arts architect Hugh Hardy, who runs H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, recently unveiled his newest work: the Claire Tow Theater at Lincoln Center.
The black box theater, obscured as one approaches the Vivian Beaumont Theater it's built upon, is sleek and modern. Elevators take audience members to the green roof and wooden terrace that looks out into the city as well as the rest of Lincoln Center itself.
The 112-seat theater is an exciting addition to the plaza and is the permanent home to LCT3, Lincoln Center’s hub for work by new playwrights, directors and designers. The inaugural production at the theater was the world premiere of the critically-acclaimed, Anne Kauffman-directed, "Slowgirl" (now extended another two weeks).
The theater is named for Claire Tow, wife of longtime board member Leonard Tow, in recognition of the Tow Foundation’s “outstanding leadership support.” The LEED-certified Claire Tow theater joins only a handful of other New York City theaters with the green stamp of approval -- among them: the Wild Project, the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, and Theatre For A New Audience.
All tickets to productions at the Claire Tow Theater are $20, an appealing price tag and the same price that BAM’s new black box theater, the Richard B. Fisher Building (designed by Hardy), will stick to.
We've put together a slideshow of some of Hugh Hardy’s other memorable and visually striking theaters, museums and cultural spaces, from the Brooklyn Academy of Music to Bryant Park. Take a look below!