World Trade Center Performing-Arts Center

Architecture, Financial District, New Developments

The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center has seen a lot of ups and downs since it was first conceived over a dozen years ago. The biggest shakeup occurred a year ago, when Frank Gehry’s design for the center got dumped by officials, followed by the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation’s decision earlier this year that the project should cost no more than $200 million, far less than the original estimates of $350 to $400 million. In July, LMDC funded a $500,000 study to explore how the “current conceptual design” could work within those cost restraints, and since then they’ve been working with a yet-unnamed architectural firm to reimagine the plan, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper reports that “their latest take envisions a roughly 80,000-square-foot building, rising three to four stories aboveground, where new works of theater, dance, music and digital art would be produced.”

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