BIG founding partner and starchitect Bjarke Ingels has starred in a short video explaining the designs for the final tower in the redevelopment of the World Trade Center site in New York.
Ingels talks viewers through the thinking behind the proposed 200 Greenwich Street tower, also known as 2 WTC.
‘Horizontal meets vertical, diversity becomes unity,’ he says of the 80-storey building that will be developed by Silverstein Properties.
The 400m-high building will become the headquarters for 21st Century Fox and News Corp.
It will sit in Manhattan alongside the 9/11 Memorial Park, as well as One WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC.
‘The completion of the World Trade Center will restore the majestic skyline of Manhattan and unite the streetscapes of TriBeCa with the towers Downtown,’ says Ingels.
‘To complete this urban reunification we propose a tower that will feel equally at home in TriBeCa and the World Trade Center. From TriBeCa, the home of lofts and roof gardens, it will appear like a vertical village of singular buildings stacked on top of each other to create parks and plazas in the sky.
‘From the World Trade Center, the individual towers will appear unified, completing the colonnade of towers framing the 9/11 Memorial. Horizontal meets vertical. Diversity becomes unity.’