New design for WTC arts center as Barbra Streisand selected to chair

The current design has reportedly been "paired down" and will now cost an estimated $243 million.

The World Trade Center’s future performancespacehas unveiled its final design plan, while electing New York native Barbra Streisand as its chairperson.


"The performing arts connect us all and are such a vital part of New York City," Streisand said. "The Perelman Center will vibrate with theater, music, danceand film and bring life to this hallowed ground."


Designed by New York-based REX, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center (The Perelman Center) has been planned for over a decade as a part of the “master plan” for the World Trade site, and reportedly gone through previous designs. It’s slated to open in 2020.


“Today the World Trade Center site stands as a monument to our nation’s ability to prevail in its darkest hour,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “The Perelman Performing Arts Center will highlight the values that make New York exceptional — the celebration of diverse cultures from every corner of the globe. This center will help complete the renewal of Lower Manhattan and, on behalf of all New Yorkers, I welcome this institution and thank those who are working to make this vision a reality.


Located on the north side of the 9/11 Memorial, the 90,000-square-foot building will be wrapped in translucent, veined marble, and laminated within insulated glass.

It will hold three auditoria (499, 250 and 99 person), and a rehearsal room that can double as a fourth venue. The auditoria can combine to form seven additional unique performance spaces for a total of 11, including the rehearsal room. The inside will also be designed to be flexible with the changing needs of the different performances.

This new design is a “paired down version” of earlier ones, according to DNAinfo. Redesigns and budget issues have caused issues for the future center, DNAinfo added. The center started at an initial $400 million estimate, which is now at $243 million, $75 million of which recently came from its benefactor — Ronald O. Perelman.

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