Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center
at the World Trade Center
New York, NY

100,000 SF • 9290 SQ M • WITH REX

A performing arts center was a key component of the Daniel Libeskind master plan for the World Trade Center site following the attacks on September 11, 2001. Located adjacent to the new PATH Transit Hub, the new Perelman Center for Performing Arts at the World Trade Center (PAC) will create approximately 100,000 sf space for theater, dance, music, film, and opera in Lower Manhattan. The PAC will further animate Lower Manhattan and become an anchor for the arts community.

Because the design of the PAC incorporates vehicular entry to the WTC Complex at ground level, the formal entry (including lobby, restaurant and bar) have been raised up to the second level at the top of monumental stairs. From the lobby, visitors can access performance spaces via high speed elevators. Administrative space, dressing rooms, and the trap room are located directly above the lobby. Comprising the upper five levels will be three flexible auditoriums and rehearsal space with a mechanical level above. The unique and innovative design of the auditoriums and rehearsal space allows for each to be used individually or in 25 different seating and performance combinations through the use of movable, acoustic guillotine walls. When all the theaters are combined into one large venue, the PAC can accommodate up to 1,200 people. 

As Executive Architect for the PAC, Davis Brody Bond is working closely with Design Architect REX and leadership to deliver the design of the building in accordance with the client’s vision and the Design Architect’s plans. In this capacity, we have been ensuring that the design meets all required codes, including LEED certification, and hold all consultant contracts. We are also the lead designer on all below-grade spaces coordinating the above-grade performing arts program space with adjacent PANYNJ infrastructure.

You can check out the current state of WTC PAC construction on the 9-11 Memorial Webcam.