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All renderings courtesy of REX.
The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center will soon become a celebrated hub for dancers, musicians, and orchestras, but for the time being the site is hosting a construction crew. The first pieces of the edifice’s structural steel are now above street level at the Lower Manhattan public destination.
REX is the architectural force behind The Perelman Center, commissioned to design a new kind of arts space for the next generation of audiences and artists. With respect to the neighboring 9/11 Memorial, the firm’s design channels a surprising and enticing “Mystery Box” intended to enhance the vital energy of the neighborhood while defying expectation.
The forthcoming performing arts center is now above street level.
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The façade will be clad in the same marble that graces the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Jefferson Memorial. The resulting structure will appear bright and white when light shines directly on it, and present a warm and inviting amber glow when light filters through its surface. These translucent stone panels will be integrated into insulated glazing and supported by long exposed steel mullions, allowing light to diffuse through in both directions. Recognizing that the artists and technicians setting up for performances may spend over twelve hours doing so, the architects strategically implemented these acoustic glass walls to ensure an influx of natural light.
Designed to achieve an unprecedented level of flexibility and mutability, the upper floors of The Perelman Center can be divided into three performance spaces, hosting 499, 250, and 99 seats apiece, as well as a fourth rehearsal space. Divided by moveable, acoustic guillotine walls, the spaces can come together or separate to manifest in eleven basic spacial arrangements, with the largest configuration accommodating up to 1,200 people. With flexibility of space and sound such guiding principles, the resulting experiences can be scripted and rescripted entirely by the imagination of each new director.

Backstage spaces have been prioritized as well, placed into the core of the building to enable seamless transition and smooth operations.
 
 
 
 
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The building’s lower levels will host configurations to include a restaurant and bar, as well as a potential performance intermission configuration and exterior terrace, or community cabaret configuration. At ground level, an intricate and grand staircase will beckon patrons inside, usher them back out to the pedestrian street below, or double as a sort of people-watching venue of its own.
The Perelman Center's exterior staircase.
Along with design architect REX, the team includes construction manager Sciame Construction Co., Inc., executive architect Davis Brody Bond, theater design consultant Charcoalblue, and construction consultant/owner representative DBI Projects.
The 90,000-square-foot space is due for completion in 2020. Situated along the pedestrian streets of Greenwich and Fulton, The Perelman Center will stand steps from the world-class shopping centers within The Oculus, as well as a slew of transportation hubs and the rich history of Lower Manhattan.
Contributing Writer Katy Cornell Katy Cornell is a Long Island native with a passion for writing about real estate in the big city. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a BA in English and is a frequent contributor to CityRealty's Market Insight and NYC real estate blog 6sqft.
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