The remodel will focus on a 12 story tower and a 10 story tower that were both added to the site soon after the main building. The upper spaces of the two buildings, which were formerly used as apartments and offices, will be transformed into much-needed music classrooms and practice rooms. In addition, the two towers, which are currently separated, will be joined together by a glass-walled connector. Last but not least, the redesign calls for the roof of the main building to be landscaped into a sprawling public terrace with greenery and seating around the existing skylights.
“The Studio Towers renovation will allow Carnegie Hall to reuse its space as an inspirational music education center, serving tens of thousands of New Yorkers every year,” says Clive Gillinson, Executive & Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “The updated building will, for the first time, enable a new and inspiring connection between performers, students and audiences all under one roof. This transformational renovation will insure that Carnegie Hall remains as central to the future of music as it has been to the past, making the greatest possible contribution to music and to people’s lives, in New York City and worldwide, in the world of the twenty-first century.”
The project is currently in progress and is expected to be completed in 2014. But don’t fear musical arts patrons – the Hall’s three auditoriums won’t be affected by the renovation and the shows will go on.