Giant Marble and Glass Cube Design Unveiled For New World Trade Center Performing Arts Center

The much anticipated design for the new Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, the theater that will sit directly adjacent to One World Trade Center, has been unveiled to the public.

Designed by New York City architectural firm REX, the giant cube will be comprised with a glass and marble exterior.

The building is wrapped in translucent, veined marble—from the same Vermont quarry as the U.S. Supreme Court building and the Thomas Jefferson Memorial—laminated within insulated glass. By day, the volume is an elegant, book-matched stone edifice, whose simplicity and traditional material acknowledge the solemnity of its context. Daylight illuminates the interior through the marble façade. By night, this monolith dematerializes: silhouettes of human movement and theatrical configurations animate the glowing enclosure, an invitingly subtle revelation of the creative energy inside.

If all goes according to plan, the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center will open to the public in 2020.

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