Frank Gehry’s design dropped for World Trade Center project


Frank Gehry’s cluster of rectangular forms for the performing arts centre on the World Trade Center site in New York has been dropped last week, following almost 10 years of development.

The architect, who will no longer be part of the project was reported to have said: “I don’t want to go where I’m not wanted”.

Real estate developer and board chairman John E. Zuccotti told the New York Times that “we’re in the process of selecting a new architect. Three architectural firms are being considered.”


Amongst the various designs planned within Daniel Libeskind’s masterplan, the performing arts centre had made the least progress due to fund-raising issues as well as delays caused by Santiago Calatrava’s transportation hub that is being constructed underneath.

The plan now involves choosing an architect from the competition’s original finalists.

The nine firms being considered for the final three options inclide Daniel Libeskind, OM, Rafael Viñoly, Moshe Safdie and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

Gehry commented on the decision, stating: “”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,” speaking of Maggie Boeapple, president of the centre.

Boeapple did not comment on Gehry’s statement but said that “when the design architect is chosen, we know exactly how we want the interior of the building to work.”

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