New York Philharmonic finally chose a team to reimagine its home, David Geffen Hall. And its selection is a surprising choice, says The New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin. London firm Heatherwick Studio and Toronto’s Diamond Schmitt Architects will redesign the interior of the building.

Thomas Heatherwick, “the man of the moment” and head of Heatherwick Studio, will replace British starchitect Norman Foster, Hon. FAIA, who won the commission a decade ago to redesign Geffen Hall, which was then known as Avery Fisher Hall. Heatherwick has little experience in designing major public buildings.

After the Philharmonic board voted in 2005 to proceed with a design by Foster, the orchestra and Lincoln Center changed plans and in 2013, started an architectural competition that involved more than 100 firms.

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