"Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center"
Designer(s): REX Architecture, United States
Category: Other Architectural designs, Professional
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On the most significant site in New York City, The Perelman
Center will premiere works of theater, dance, music, film,
and opera, transforming Lower Manhattan into a vibrant,
global cultural heart. It is a pure form, wrapped in
translucent, veined marble, laminated within insulated glass.
The performing arts center includes three auditoria (499-,
250-, and 99-person) which can combine to form seven
additional arrangements, and a rehearsal room—all eleven
of which can adopt manifold stage-audience configurations;
flexible front- and back-of-house circulation that can create
diverse patron entry/intermission/exit processions; and (A-
Z) offices, performer support spaces, and restaurant/bar.
The keystone and final piece of the World Trade Center
master plan, The Perelman Center embraces creation and
memory with respectful individuality.
About the Designer/Company
REX is an internationally-acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture.
REX’s think-tank of 30 designers, hailing from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, is led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, who was founding partner of OMA New York--the American affiliate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas--until he rebranded that firm as REX in 2006. Seminal projects include the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas; the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Seattle Central Library--all opened to critical acclaim, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Awards in 2005 and 2011.