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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