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Frank Gehry to design new Signature Centre arts center in New York

on Wednesday,December 23,2009 22:12

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Noted Architect Frank Gehry - world renowned for his unique designs on buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain - will design a new $800 million hotel, housing and performing arts complex in New York''s theater district.

In addition to providing sustainable, low-income housing in a chic area of the city, the 59-story Signature Centre will also house a café, a bookstore and a theater that will serve as the new home of New York''s award-winning nonprofit Signature Theater Company.

James Houghton, the founder of the theater company, hopes to use the new space to provide writers and playwrights coming through the big apple that will inspire them to create "work that engages even more artists and audiences.

"(The building) is an example of how or city can keep growing," says New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the groundbreaking ceremony.

The energy-efficient project is anticipated to create 700 construction jobs in the metropolitan area according to the Associated Press.

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