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RSHP’s 80-storey 3 World Trade Center completes


Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ 3 World Trade Center has opened in New York – the third building to be completed on the site of the former twin towers

At 80 storeys and 329m, the building is part of the World Trade Centre masterplan designed by Studio Daniel Liebskind for the location of the 2001 terrorist attack.

It will become the fifth tallest tower in the city, and joins two other buildings on the site designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and Maki Associates.

Another building on the site, World Trade Center 2 – originally by Foster + Partners and since redesigned by the Bjarke Ingels Group – has yet to be completed due to the lack of an anchor tenant.

RSHP founding partner Richard Rogers said: ‘This was a complex and challenging project, but one which has helped to contribute to the revitalisation of New York City and one which will help to inspire a new hope for the city’s future.’

The tower, built for developer Silverstein Properties, comprises a reinforced concrete core encased by a steel structure using a load-sharing system of K-shaped bracing.

It has floor-to-ceiling glass and column-free floor plates, allowing unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views of New York City.

A total of 232,000m² of office space will be provided, with floorplates between 2,800m² and 6,500m².

Three floors (17, 60 and 76) will offer access to outdoor terrace space.

The lower part of the building – the ‘podium building’ – contains five storeys of retail and the trading floors, with the office space on upper floors.

In 2012, the AJ reported that 3 World Trade Centre could be capped at seven stories if Silverstein Properties failed to secure a key tenant by 2014.

However, a deal with media investment firm GroupM was agreed in 2013, with stock exchange company IEX and management consulting firm McKinsey & Co joining them more recently.


Readers' comments (4)

  • If it's completed why aren't the images of the entrance lobby - 9 and 10 - real? How many of the other images aren't real?
    Instead of crediting a meaningless source why can't the AJ label images for what they are?

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  • ? Robert Wakeham ? They are photos, credited to the photographer.

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  • Are you sure? - the people have that unreal, posed quality that you see in architectural images, rather than in real live photographs.
    Admittedly, Joe Woolhead is the photographer associated with this project, but wouldn't it have been preferable to credit him just the once, and provide a bit of informative text where it would help?

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  • Phil Parker

    Dear Robert
    You’ll find that large buildings do not open instantly and there is a period in which the building is complete but not occupied. During these periods, is not unknown for owners to invite in the beautiful people to pose and occupy spaces to give the impression the building is being used. This does not detract from the Building. I, for one, have been called upon in the past to pose with my mobility scooter in architectural photographs. Something I was proud to do. However, I would not give permission for my likeness with my mobility scooter to be reproduced in a virtual image in which the casual observer may be confused as to what my real intent was.

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