Designs of the final World Trade Center tower to be built in Manhattan by the end of the decade have been revealed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels.
The tower will complete the redevelopment of the Ground Zero area destroyed in the 9/11 terrorist attack. At 408 metres high, the new tower will become the third tallest in Manhattan.
“The completion of the World Trade Center will restore the majestic skyline of Manhattan and unite the streetscapes of Tribeca with the towers downtown,” said Ingles, founder of Copenhagen headquartered architecture firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), referring to the district adjacent to the World Trade Center.
“To complete this urban reunification, we propose a tower that will feel equally at home in Tribeca and the World Trade Center.”
Ingels proposes an 80-storey structure formed of singular building blocks stacked on top of each other, creating a dynamic complex of spaces of various shapes and depths with elevated parks and plazas on the roofs
When viewed from the Tribeca side, the building will appear as a series of cascading green terraces, fitting into the architectural context of Tribeca, which is known for its green roofs and lofts.
From the side of the World Trade Center, the building will show a completely different face, rising up as a tall slim tower complementing the duo of already erected buildings.
The building is aligned along the axis of World Trade Center master planner Daniel Libeskind’s ‘Wedge of Light’ plaza to preserve the views to St. Paul’s Chapel from the Memorial park.
“Bjarke Ingels is one of the most innovative and exciting architects in the world today,” said Larry A Silverstein, Chairman of Silverstein Properties, New York’s prominent real estate development firm responsible for the project.
“His conceptual design for 2 WTC fits perfectly in to the World Trade Center site, as part of Daniel Libeskind’s Master Plan, and alongside the outstanding work of David Childs, Richard Rogers, Fumihiko Maki and Santiago Calatrava.”
21st Century Fox and News Corp. are so far the only confirmed tenants of the building, designed to accommodate 5,000 people under one roof.
There will be 3,530 square meters of outdoor green terraces overall, offering splendid views of the city.