BIG unveils final New York World Trade Center design
Danish architect firm BIG has revealed the design for the fourth and final tower of New York’s World Trade Center complex.
Head of the practice, Bjarke Ingels says Two World Trade Center will be 80 stories tall and consist of seven separate boxes stacked together.
At 405m, it will be shorter than One World Trade Center and would become New York City’s third tallest building.
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“More than any other city New York is fueled by the energy and creativity that sparks from people of multiple cultures, religions, races, languages and professions living and working together. The sculptural form of the 2 World Trade Center – composed of many individual buildings forming a single silhouette – appears like an architectural manifestation of the founding motto of this country: “E pluribus unum” – “Out of many, one,” said Ingels.
He added that the design will unite the streetscapes of the Tribeca district with the towers downtown and will appear as a vertical village of singular buildings on top of each other.
News Corp. and 21st Century Fox have signed tentative leases for the building, which was originally good to be designed by Foster + Partners.
“The new building will provide the physical environment for collaboration and idea sharing through the internal mix of open workplaces, amenities and informal meeting spaces,” said BIG.
“Large stairwells between the floors form cascading double-height communal spaces throughout the headquarters.
“These continuous spaces enhance connectivity between different departments and amenities, which may include basketball courts, a running track, a cafeteria and screening rooms. The amenity floors are located so they can feed directly out onto the roof top parks.”
The tower is scheduled to open in 2020.