Rex selected to design performing arts centre in New York

22 November 2015 (Last Updated November 22nd, 2015 18:30)

Brooklyn-based studio Rex has been selected as the lead architect for The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC) in New York.

PACWTC

Brooklyn-based studio Rex has been selected as the lead architect for The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PACWTC) in New York.

The 80,000ft² building is scheduled to open in 2019, and will serve as a home for the Tribeca Film Festival during its annual run.

Rex, which is led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, has been selected over finalists Denmark-based Henning Larsen Architects and the Netherlands-based UNStudio.

The selection process follows re-affirmation of support for the centre by the Lower Manhattan Development (LMDC).

LMDC released the first $10m of the $99m that it has pledged to the project.

Once the design process is complete, the balance of the project cost will be determined and would be funded through private sources.

"We are now two important steps closer to completing the World Trade Center and fully realising our vision of Lower Manhattan as the world's most dynamic, 24/7 urban community."

PACWTC chairman John Zuccotti said: "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.

"We are now two important steps closer to completing the World Trade Center and fully realising our vision of Lower Manhattan as the world's most dynamic, 24/7 urban community."

Serving as a hub for the Lower Manhattan community, the PACWTC will be a global centre for the creation and exchange of art, ideas, and culture and will feature a variety of artistic and cultural experiences.

Joshua Prince-Ramus said: "We are honoured to design such a meaningful project on a site imbued with deep significance for the people of New York."


Image: The 80,000ft² PACWTC building is scheduled to open in 2019. Photo: courtesy of REX/DBOX