Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center’s marble facade begins installation in Manhattan’s Financial District
The first marble panels began to cover the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, a 138-foot-tall cubic structure on the site of the World Trade Center in the Financial District. Designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as executive architect and developed by nonprofit The Perelman, the venue is located between Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s One World Trade Center to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Fulton Street to the south, and Greenwich Street to the east.
When we last updated in July, the steel superstructure had just finished assembly. Since then, the exterior has been surrounded by a black metal frame to support the marble hull, and the first panels began to be installed last weekend.
Most of the marble slabs rise in the lower corner of the west elevation. The photographs show the difference in lighting and shade as well as the gray veins. We can also see a level of translucent channeled glass on the north wall above the concrete extension along Vesey Street. This area will serve as an outdoor patio space as seen in previous renderings.
The eastern profile with the winch will likely be the last of the four main walls to be fully enclosed, followed by additional work to cover the entire ground floor and the grand staircase facing the 9/11 memorial.
A public plaza on the east side of One World Trade Center has been completed, but not yet open. Perhaps when the marble on the west side of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is finished, we will see this new space become accessible for walking.
Behind the outer steel layer is more interior work with multi-story sections of flat white walls rising up, gradually covering more of the red steel superstructure.
YIMBY last reported that the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open in 2023, with the official date yet to be announced.
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