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The Theater Machine: An Example of Below-Grade Infrastructure | Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center

REX

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Iwan Baan
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REX
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Park Jiyoun
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SPACE March 2024 (No. 676) 

 

 

Interview​ Joshua Ramus principal, REX × Park Jiyoun 

 

 

Park Jiyoun (Park): As a key piece in Daniel Libeskind’s master plan for the post-9/11 World Trade Center site, could you explain the role of the Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center (PAC NYC) within the mater plan? 

Joshua Ramus (Ramus): In the Libeskind’s master plan, there are office centres and public buildings (an iconic new transportation station and a performing arts centre). Embracing the restorative power of art, PAC NYC is the cultural keystone and final public element in the master plan. A producing house for music, theatre, dance, opera, and film, PAC NYC has a pure form – rotated and elevated to accommodate complex below- and at-grade constraints – and is wrapped in translucent marble. 

 

 

Park: Unlike the surrounding buildings, which were designed using transparent glass curtain walls, your building is finished with translucent marble curtain walls. 

Ramus: The entire 117ft (35.7m) marble-glass skin is a single, supple drape suspended from the top of the building that satis...

 
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Architect

REX (Joshua Ramus)

Design team

Alysen Hiller Fiore, Maur Dessauvage, Adam Chizma

Location

251 Fulton Street, New York, U.S.

Programme

culture and assembly facility

Site area

3,600㎡

Building area

12,000㎡

Height

42m

Building to land ratio

0.3%

Floor area ratio

3.3%

Structure

steel frame

Exterior finishing

marble, glass

Interior finishing

walnut plank

Structural engineer

MKA (Jay Taylor), Silman (Nat Oppenheimer)

Construction

Sciame Construction (Frank Sciame)

Design period

2014 - 2020

Construction period

2018 - 2023

Cost

500 million USD

Façade engineer

Front

MEP, IT, fire protection

Jaros Baum & Bolles


Joshua Ramus
Joshua Ramus is the founding principal of the internationally acclaimed architecture studio REX. He leads the design of all the firm’s projects, which have been widely lauded in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Vogue, New York Magazine, and Time.

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