10-12-04

 

THE LOWER MANHATTAN DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCES SELECTION OF ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS TO DESIGN THE PERFORMING ARTS COMPLEX AND THE MUSEUM COMPLEX ON THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE

 
Gehry Partners LLP

Snøhetta

Lower Manhattan Development Corporation today announced the selection of Gehry Partners LLP and Sn°hetta as architects for the cultural complex on the World Trade Center site. The firms will immediately begin the schematic design process with the cultural institutions and the LMDC on the two buildings that will include dance, theatre, museum, and fine arts facilities. Schematic design is expected to be complete in early 2005.

Frank Gehry, Architect, said, "When I was interviewed for the Signature Theatre and the Joyce Theater, I was taken to the window to look at the site from above and tears came to my eyes. I couldn't control it. There's a lot of emotion there, even for people who aren't personally involved, and I guess we sensed the heaviness, we sensed the difficulties of building something in that context. Having the chance to work on a cultural project there is a very special opportunity for me, because, in the end, having theater and dance and beauty is kind of a wonderful legacy for the memory of the people that were lost."

Craig Dykers and Kjetil Thorsen, founding partners of Snøhetta said "This important place carries with it the power of its history and a new hope for the future. Now it can also offer the gift of life through culture and interaction. It is a place that must convey the memories and dreams of all those around the world that are affected by its presence without forgetting its intimate connection with the people of New York and the surrounding city. We at Sn°hetta look forward to the challenge of creating a natural, unimposing yet memorable building that will complement the essential integrity of this sublime ground."
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