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.