The World Trade Center Performing Arts Center Has Finally Been Unveiled

The new design shows a continuing recovery in the Financial District.

By James L. Knobloch September 13, 2016

In a skyline once dominated by the Twin Towers, and some of the tallest buildings in the world, Manhattan now has a new icon: One World Trade Center—the anchor structure of the rebuilt World Trade Center Complex, and a shining beacon of enduring spirit and resilience. 

Last week, the final design of yet another element of the rebuilt WTC – the Performing Arts Center – has finally been unveiled, and we at Agorafy absolutely love it.

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“The Perelman,” named after billionaire Ronald Perelman as a tribute to the latter’s hefty $75 million charitable donation, is the perfect crown jewel for the reborn World Trade Center and the revitalized downtown scene. The design for The Perelman is simple and beautiful and profound—a monolithic cube clad in glowing marble that captures the emotion of Calatrava’s transit hub and stands to become the landmark that the Fifth Avenue Apple Store tries to be.

Designed by Brooklyn-based firm REX, the powerful, minimalist design hides a dynamic, state-of-the-art performance arts venue with “untold capabilities.” The Perelman aims to be one of the world’s premiere centers for performing arts, with three levels of performance spaces and seven movable acoustic walls, allowing for 11 different configurations to “house everything from intimate shows sans microphones to rock concerts.”

Photo courtesy of K18
Photo courtesy of K18

In the years since that dark day, we as a nation have had our ups and downs. And while some wounds might never heal, life goes on and the rebuilding continues. New Yorkers—and all Americans—went about the business of rebuilding their lives, wondering if and when things would ever feel “normal” again. At ground zero, rebuilding also happened in the literal sense. Ronald O’ Perelman Performing Arts Center represents another beautiful step forward. It’s scheduled to open in 2020.

Photo courtesy of Luxigon

“I recognize how far we’ve come in the past 15 years and the transformation downtown is really sort of remarkable,” developer Larry Silverstein said, “I remember what this was like before 9/11 and on a weekend you could role a bowling ball down the middle of Wall Street…It’s more attractive than it’s ever been before.”

James L. Knobloch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James L. Knobloch

ABOUT THE AUTHOR James L. Knobloch

A creative professional with a sharp tongue and a big smile, taking on city living one slightly-veiled sarcastic comment at a time. Born and raised just outside of New Orleans, James is a living testament to his own mantra, “Southern hospitality is a privilege, not a right,” giving his work a unique, dry humor meets charm perspective.

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