WTC Performing Arts Center
With designs still being revised and redrafted, the performing arts center is far from being built. The overseeing board has signed up world-renowned architecture, Frank Gehry, to design the center on the northwest corner of Fulton and Greenwich Streets. The Performing Arts Center is expected to hold 1,000 guests and will be the home of modern dance-focused Joyce Theater; however it will also be occasionally used for non-dance events, such as the annual Tribeca Film Festival.
Of course, the facility is not without criticism. Many have said that the projected $500 million price tag that accompanies the center is a ridiculous amount of money to finance the project. It should also be noted that some of Gehry’s masterpieces cost significantly less, such as the New World Center in Miami Beach, which only cost $154 million.
In the early stages of the project, the performing arts center was to be home to four cultural institutions; however, since then the only institution to stay on board has been the Joyce Theater. Earlier this year, the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation (LMDC) board changed its mind once again, and decided that the center will instead serve as a “multidisciplinary space that includes theater, music and film.” (NY Times)
Developments on this project have been slow and one thing is for sure, we can expect more changes to the vision for the World Trade Center Performing Arts Center.