After years of delays, it looks like the $243 million World Trade Center Performing Arts Center might finally come to fruition thanks to a $75 million donation from billionaire Ronald O. Perelman. Renderings of the building, which will be the final piece of the WTC master plan, show a glowing, 90,000-square-foot veined marble cube designed by REX Architects. According to officials at the project's presentation, the Perelman Arts Center will serve as a commemoration of the Sept. 11 tragedy as well as a reflection of NYC's vitality.
Located between One World Trade Center and the memorial plaza, World Trade Center Performing Arts Center will be made out of translucent, veined marble and glass, which will give it a dull sheen during the day. At night, however, the three-story cube will illuminate like a paper lantern, transforming into a beacon of sorts for the NYC arts community.
Maggie Boepple, president and director of the center, called the building a “birthplace” for new shows in NYC. In addition to producing and showcasing “premiere theater, dance, music, film, opera, and multidisciplinary works,” the center will also host the annual Tribeca Film Festival.
The building’s three auditoriums will be well equipped to accommodate small to large events thanks to the space’s optimal flexibility. According to architect Joshua Prince-Ramus, the rooms and halls will all feature movable walls that will create up to 11 configurations, the largest of which will allow for a capacity of up to 1,200.
The building is slated to open in 2020.
Renderings by Luxigon