Frank Gehry’s vision for a performing arts venue at the World Trade Centre in New York has been abandoned
The performing arts centre board has officially shelved the 85 year-old architect’s towering box-like design almost ten years after it was adopted.
Gehry’s vision – estimated to cost £245 million – was part of Daniel Libeskind’s 2003 masterplan to rebuild the world-famous Manhattan site.
The project was however delayed by funding difficulties and the slow delivery of the district’s Santiago Calatrava-designed transport hub.
The venue’s board has now decided to scrap Gehry’s scheme and shortlist three, unnamed practices to design its successor – reported The New York Times.
Chair John Zuccotti said: ‘We’re in the process of selecting a new architect. Three architectural firms are being considered.’
The change of direction follows the appointment of a new president for the proposed facility, Maggie Boepple.
Gehry claimed Boepple failed to appreciate the value of his work and that he had heard ‘zero at ground zero’ regarding the decision to seek a new architect.
He said: ‘She says I build models. She doesn’t have a clue as to what I do or how I do it. It’s fine. It’s a new group. They should do what they want. I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted.’
Plans for the centre have now been refined. Boepple did not respond to Gehry’s comments but said: ‘When the design architect is chosen, we know exactly how we want the interior of the building to work.’