Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the World Trade Center

CompanyREX Architecture
Lead Designer
ClientREX Architecture
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Prize(s)1st Place in Other Architectural designs
Entry Description

On the most significant site in New York City, The Perelman
Center will premiere works of theater, dance, music, film,
and opera, transforming Lower Manhattan into a vibrant,
global cultural heart. It is a pure form, wrapped in
translucent, veined marble, laminated within insulated glass.
The performing arts center includes three auditoria (499-,
250-, and 99-person) which can combine to form seven
additional arrangements, and a rehearsal room—all eleven
of which can adopt manifold stage-audience configurations;
flexible front- and back-of-house circulation that can create
diverse patron entry/intermission/exit processions; and (A-
Z) offices, performer support spaces, and restaurant/bar.
The keystone and final piece of the World Trade Center
master plan, The Perelman Center embraces creation and
memory with respectful individuality.


REX is an internationally-acclaimed architecture and design firm based in New York City, whose name signifies a re-appraisal (RE) of architecture (X). Operating across many scales, REX consistently challenges and advances building typologies, and promotes the agency of architecture.

REX’s think-tank of 30 designers, hailing from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds, is led by Joshua Prince-Ramus, who was founding partner of OMA New York--the American affiliate of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture/Rem Koolhaas--until he rebranded that firm as REX in 2006. Seminal projects include the Dee & Charles Wyly Theatre in Dallas, Texas; the Vakko Fashion Center and Power Media Center in Istanbul, Turkey; and the Seattle Central Library--all opened to critical acclaim, including American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Honor Awards in 2005 and 2011.