Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg says, “I’ve always believed that the arts bring life and vitality to our neighborhoods. They bring people together and strengthen the bonds between us. They attract visitors from around the world. And they drive economic growth that supports jobs and generates revenue for cities. That’s why the opening of the Perelman Performing Arts Center (PAC NYC)—21 years in the making and the last major piece of rebuilding the 16-acre World Trade Center site—is a benefit for all of New York City.”
I couldn’t agree more. This innovation-packed, one-of-a-kind cube is situated on a triangle created by PAC NYC, the Oculus, and the World Trade Center Memorial; here’s a peek at this extraordinary new venue.
Things to know.
—The building is named for billionaire Ronald Perelman, who donated $75 million to its construction budget.
—Below-ground construction began in August 2017, followed by the construction of the above-ground frame in 2020.
—The Performing Arts Center includes approximately 129,000 square feet (8,400 m2) across three floors.
—The building’s facade consists of 5,000 panels of veined Portuguese marble which glow amber at night.
—PAC NYC cost $560 million.
—Inside the facade, a corridor runs around the Performing Arts Center’s auditoriums, with chandeliers that backlight the facade at night.
—There are no windows on the facade, because, says architect Ramus of REX, “This keeps the buzz of theatergoers at a respectful distance from people who are paying tribute at the memorial, and vice versa.”