It's no secret that we love a grand entrance. Lobbies in hotels, transportation centers, libraries, performance halls—they mark a transition from outdoors to in, but they also hint at secrets and surprises yet to come. They house our anticipation. Whether extravagant or streamlined, lobbies accommodate—the ultimate goal of hospitality—and are stage sets for modernity.
Grand Central Station, Reed & Stem, Warren & Wetmore
The main concourse inspires as much awe today as it did when it opened in 1913.
Seattle Central Library, OMA + LMN
A glass and metal curtain walls brings a shower of daylight into lobbies.
Met Breuer, Marcel Breuer, Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners (2016 restoration)
BBB's sensitive restoration included same-value LED bulbs for the light array.
We restored Morris Lapidus's gem and added layers of new materials and textures.
The Broad Museum, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
A sculpted and carved lobby leads directly to the third floor galleries.
Original New York Penn Station
Oh, how we long for the dignity of McKim, Mead & White's cathedral-like station.
Radio City Music Hall, Donald Deskey
The art deco Grand Foyer features Ezra Winter's 'Fountain of Youth' mural.
Our LAB designed two digital glass windows with an animated grid of LCDs.
Palais Garnier, Charles Garnier
The opera house features a diverging marble staircase, heightening anticipation.