REX to design WTC performing arts center

Much-delayed $200M project is slated to be completed in 2019

Joshua Prince Ramus
Joshua Prince Ramus

The Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center named the architect who will design its new 80,000-square-foot Financial District facility.

The group announced that Brooklyn-based REX, headed by Joshua Prince-Ramus, will take the lead on the project.

The latest development proposal for the building, released in October, calls for 80,000 square feet of space in three or four above-ground floors. Plans include a 600-700 seat auditorium, a 200-seat theater, two smaller theaters, a cafe and a restaurant.

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The latest iteration has a projected cost of $200 million, and is slated for completion in 2019, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Frank Gehry produced a set of blueprints for the building back in 2004, but his plan was thrown out in 2014.

Prince-Ramus, a protege of Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is also working on another $200 million project, the renovation of Brookfield Property Partners’ 5 Manhattan West near Hudson Yards. [WSJ]Ariel Stulberg