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REX replaces Gehry on World Trade Centre job

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REX has been chosen to design the new Performing Arts Centre (PAC) at the World Trade Centre (WTC) in New York – one year after earlier plans by Frank Gehry were abandoned

The New York-based firm defeated Henning Larsen Architects and UNStudio to win the high-profile commission.

Commenting on the contest win, REX founder Joshua Prince-Ramus said: ‘We are honoured to design such a meaningful project on a site imbued with deep significance for the people of New York. I am confident that our collaboration with PAC’s exceptional team will help create a building that embodies and inspires the many dimensions of creative expression.’

Gehry’s towering box-like design – estimated to cost £260 million – was shelved in 2014 around ten years after it was adopted as part of Daniel Libeskind’s masterplan to rebuild the Manhattan site.

The decision to scrap Gehry’s design followed the appointment of a new president for the proposed facility, Maggie Boepple.

Gehry claimed Boepple failed to appreciate the value of his work and said: ‘They should do what they want. I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted.’

REX’s design – set to be unveiled in spring next year – will cost around £130 million.

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