REX selected to design performing arts complex at the world trade center
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brooklyn-based studio REX has been chosen as the lead architect for the performing arts center at the world trade center (PACWTC). scheduled to open in 2019, the building will serve as a major new addition to new york’s cultural landscape, producing and premiering works of theater, dance, music, opera, and film. the 80,000 square-foot building will also be home to the tribeca film festival during its annual run. last week the lower manhattan development corporation (LMDC) released the first $10 million USD of the $99 million that had been pledged to the project.


the selection of REX and the LMDC’s renewed commitment are critical milestones in our collective effort to create a vibrant new cultural and community anchor for all of lower manhattan,’ commented PACWTC chairman john zuccotti. ‘we are now two important steps closer to completing the world trade center and fully realizing our vision of lower manhattan as the world’s most dynamic, 24/7 urban community.’

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WTC site plan: the PACWTC will be located next to tower 1
image courtesy of the port authority of NY & NJ




REX, led by joshua prince-ramus, was selected after a rigorous invitational process that focused on architectural firms that have gained distinction through their work on performing arts houses. the other two finalists were danish firm henning larsen architects, and dutch practice UNStudio.


we are honored to design such a meaningful project on a site imbued with deep significance for the people of new york,’ said prince-ramus. ‘I am confident that our collaboration with PAC’s exceptional team will help create a building that embodies and inspires the many dimensions of creative expression.’


the full project team includes davis brody bond as executive architect, charcoalblue as theater consultant, and DBI projects as construction manager. the conceptual design will be unveiled in spring 2016. neighboring building include BIG’s WTC2 design and santiago calatrava’s transportation hub. see more of the world trade center development on designboom here.