Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall Public Space Redesign

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Jazz at Lincoln Center, Frederick P. Rose Hall Public Space Redesign

The re-design of public spaces in Frederick P. Rose Hall creates a spatial experience that celebrates Jazz at Lincoln Center’s mission: to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for Jazz through performance, education and advocacy.

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The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium reshapes the relationship between the performance spaces and the public, making Jazz at Lincoln Center a more inviting destination and clarifying its identity in the Time Warner Center by emphasizing the relationship between the space and the city.

Richard Olcott, Design Partner

As a performing arts center that is also host to a wide range of public and private activities, Jazz at Lincoln Center demands that public spaces be flexible and allow for improvisation and privacy while meeting operational needs. The Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium is a strikingly open and elegant public space, set against sweeping views of Central Park and the Manhattan skyline.

The Atrium elevates the gathering area to the high standard of the concert spaces: functioning as a “piazza,” the atrium serves the three performance venues and supports events on its own. A raised stage along the windows facing Central Park accommodates a big band ensemble, the Essentially Ellington education program and café-style seating.

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It's elegant, it's grand and it has a type of relaxed formality. It's a more welcoming atmosphere for the House of Swing… Now the public space has a warmth and feeling that was lacking before.

Wynton Marsalis, Managing and Artistic Director of Jazz at Lincoln Center
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Glass staircases in the north and south provide connectivity between floors. Aside from its three main performance spaces, nearly every space is designed with the ability to be both public and private space at the same time, including the re-designed Billie Holiday Terrace, which can be closed off for more intimate, special events. State-of-the-art technology and acoustics, including a new five-panel, twenty-six-foot LED video wall, enhance public presentations and community events.


New York, NY
27,000 GSF
Public Space Redesign


Design Partner
Richard Olcott
Management Partner
Timothy Hartung
Project Designer
Stephen PD Chu
Project Manager
Molly McGowan
Project Architect
Henry Weintraub
Design Team
Minh Tran, Suzanne Troiano


  • 2015
    • Chinen, Nate. "Jazz at Lincoln Center to Redesign Rose Hall Atrium" (New York Times, 2/4/2015)
    • Fixsen, Anna. “Jazz at Lincoln Center’s New Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium” (Architectural Record, 12/23/2015)
    • “Jazz at Lincoln Center Announces the Mica and Ahmet Ertegun Atrium in the Newly Redesigned Frederick P. Rose Hall” (PR Newswire, 12/14/2015)


Ennead Design Team
Richard Olcott, Timothy Hartung, Stephen PD Chu, Molly McGowan, Henry Weintraub, Minh Tran, Suzanne Troiano
Scott Frances