The first marble panels have begun to cover the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center, a 138-foot-tall cubic structure at the World Trade Center site in the Financial District. Designed by REX with Davis Brody Bond Architects as the executive architect and developed by the nonprofit firm 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. .
At the time of our last update in July, the steel superstructure had just been completed. Since then, the exterior has been closed with the black metal frame to support the marble shell, and the first panels began installation last weekend.
The marble slabs go pretty much up on the bottom corner of the western hill. Photographs show the difference in lighting and shade along with the gray vein. 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 reproductions.
The eastern profile with the waist will probably be the last of the four main walls to be completely closed, followed by the extra work of covering the entire ground floor and the grand staircase towards the 9/11 Memorial.
A public square on the east side of the One World Trade Center is finished but still not open yet. Maybe when the marble to the west side of the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is finished, we’ll see this new space become accessible to walk on.
Behind the outer steel layer, there is more interior work with multi-storey sections of flat white walls that gradually cover more of the red steel superstructure.
YIMBY recently reported that the Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center is scheduled to open sometime in 2023, with an official date yet to be announced.
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