BIG has revealed its proposed replacement for Foster + Partners’ abandonded 2 World Trade Centre scheme
Rumours emerged last month that the Danish stars had been brought in to redesigned Fosters’ original plans for the high-profile site.
The new look 80-storey tower is set to be occupied by Rupert Murdoch’s companies News Corporation and 21st Century Fox who will be located in the lower floors of the 260,000m² building while the upper half of the tower will be leased by Silverstein Properties to other commercial office tenants.
Standing at 400 metres tall the stepped tower will frame the 9/11 Memorial Park and its design creates a series of outdoor terraces.
The scheme is the final part of Daniel Libeskind’s masterplan for the World Trade Centre site.
The architect’s view
The design of 2 WTC is derived from its urban context at the meeting point between two very different neighborhoods: the Financial District with its modernist skyscrapers and TriBeCa with its lofts and roof gardens. The design combines the unique qualities of each, melding high-rise with low-rise and modern with historical. From the 9/11 Memorial, the building appears as a tall and slender tower just as its three neighboring towers, while the view from TriBeCa is of a series of stepped green terraces. 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.
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. 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.
Location New York, USA
Type of project commercial
Client Silverstein Properties & 21st Century Fox / News Corp
Collaborators Adamson Associates, Jaros, Baum & Bolles, WSP Cantor Seinuk, Van Deusen & Associates, Vidaris, Acoustic Distinctions, Gensler, Gardiner & Theobald, AMA, DBOX, Squint/Opera, Radii