The Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center — thankfully shortened to The Perelman by their team, though maybe its eventual street name will be the PAC? — topped off in late June, and they are now starting to work on the interiors. I have the latest renderings below, as well as shots I’ve gathered over the past months, including some from 7 WTC.
The building was designed by REX with Joshua Ramus as design architect, and the interiors were designed by the Rockwell Group, all thanks to a $75 million donation from billionaire banker Ronald Perelman and $100 million from HUD via the LMDC. The building, 129,000 square feet, will have three theater spaces that can be configured in multiple ways for 99 to 1,200 people. The lobby bar, café, terrace and lobby stage will be open to the public. (There’s a video at the bottom that shows how the theaters can be arranged.)
The façade gets that look because it will be wrapped in translucent marble from Portugal laminated with insulated glass. (OMG) During the day, sunlight will shine through, illuminating PAC’s interior. At night it glows from within.
The PAC will open in 2023, though they have no released an exact date.
However they did host their first performance: cellist Eleanor Norton and violinist Gregory Harrington performed at lunchtime for workers onsite last week — doing an awesome performance of U2’s “With or Without You.” It’s a goosebump-inducing performance — give it a watch below.