As previously suspected by Inhabitat and recently confirmed by the NY Times, Frank Gehry’s design for the World Trade Center Performing Arts building has been officially scrapped. In what comes as no surprise for anyone following the beleaguered project, the proposed art center‘s board of directors has decided to forgo the architect’s vision and choose a design from a selection of three as-yet-unknown firms.


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John E. Zuccotti, Chairman of the arts center’s board confirmed that a Gehry design was no longer an option for the WTC arts center. “We’re in the process of selecting a new architect,” he said. “Three architectural firms are being considered.”

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The famed architect’s cascading cube design has been fraught with uncertainty since he was selected for the project ten years ago. Gehry’s original design was a sophisticated complex slated to have a large, 1,000 seat theater, rehearsal space, classrooms and a cafe. However, from capacity reduction to building complications and funding challenges, it seems the project was almost a no-go from the start.

Mr. Gehry told the Times that he had not yet been told of the board’s decision, stating that he’d heard “zero at ground zero.” However, the starchitect confirms he was aware that the project was most likely moving in a new direction at the hands of the proposed art center president, Maggie Boepple.

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Via NY Times