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Design + Sustainability

Designed by noted architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, in collaboration with the Alliance’s acclaimed landscape architect Christian Zimmerman, the LeFrak Center at Lakeside is intended to blend into the natural landscape, and is surrounded by acres of scenic beauty.

This includes the Shelby White and Leon Levy Esplanade and Chaim Baier Music Island. Following Olmsted and Vaux’s historic plan and through extensive research, the lakeshore has been restored to its original design. The White Levy Esplanade features walkways and picnic areas, with newly placed boulders, native trees, shrubs and aquatic plants. In addition, five acres of the Lake were excavated to recreate Baier Music Island, which serves as a wildlife habitat.

Sustainable Features

The LeFrak Center is LEED Gold.

Design Awards

Lakeside is the recipient of numerous design awards.