The Re-Designed Concept for Two World Trade Center   Leave a comment


Two World Trade Center, the final piece in the massive puzzle that is the new World Trade Center site, has been redesigned with big plans for an amazing building.

Two World Trade Center, also known by its street address, 200 Greenwich Street, is an unfinished office building at the World Trade Center site in Manhattan, New York City. The tower is under construction and would be the second on the World Trade Center site. The first tower, the former South Tower of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers, was located across Greenwich Street. It was completed in 1971 and was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

When completed, the tower will be located on the east side of Greenwich Street, across the street from the original location of the Twin Towers, which were destroyed during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The foundation work was completed in 2013, but construction is on hold.

Original design

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Two World Trade Center middle with diamond shaped top

New design

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The new 81-story building, when completed, will have a total height of 1,340 feet (410 m). In comparison, the Empire State Building’s roof at the 102nd floor is 1,250 feet (380 m) tall, and its antenna is 1,454 feet (443 m), and the original 2 World Trade Center (referred to as the South Tower) was 1,362 feet (415 m).

On June 9, 2015, Wired magazine first reported that Two World Trade Center would be newly redesigned by Bjarke Ingels of Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), and be built by 2020. The bottom half of the new design will be leased out to 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

Bjarke Ingels Group began redesigning 2 World Trade Center in December 2014, upon the requests of the property’s developer Silverstein Properties and its possible future media tenants. The project’s redesign was warranted since financial firms had since migrated away from the Financial District, making leasing out the new buildings a struggle and further prolonging the World Trade Center’s redevelopment. Financial firms were the intended occupants for Foster and Partners’ 2 World Trade Center, and the original proposal’s sky lobby design was not attractive to media tenants, who have been the leading tenants of the new WTC towers and are now expected to occupy BIG’s redesigned building.

The latest design features a cantilevering structure viewed from a northern perspective, but a terraced structure from an eastern perspective. From the south and west, the building’s profile is vertically straight, but appears to be leaning slightly towards One World Trade Center because of the cantilevering design. In an interview, Bjarke Ingels described the concept of the redesign as such: “Two World Trade is almost like a vertical village of bespoke buildings within the building, that also can be seen as a single tower. It actually has an inclination towards One World Trade Center, so the two towers — even though they’re not twinning — by having a mutual relationship, the space between them is parallel, although at an incline.” The tower has also been described to integrate Tribeca with the Financial District, as the design’s cantilevers and terraces resemble the modern architecture known of the neighborhood.

The first three floors of the 2,800,000 square feet (260,000 m2) office building, including the ground level, will feature about 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of retail space. The tower will be the second–tallest skyscraper on the World Trade Center site following One World Trade Center.

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Terraces on the steps will have gardens

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In 2013, Citigroup had shortlisted the tower as one of three potential locations for its headquarters for when its lease on 399 Park Avenue expires in 2017, however the company eventually chose nearby 388 Greenwich Street, a building which it already had under lease.

Bloomberg Business reported on June 2, 2015, that News Corporation and 21st Century Fox, both owned by Rupert Murdoch, had signed a non-binding agreement with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to create a joint headquarters at Two World Trade Center. Silverstein said “A decision by 21st Century Fox and News Corp. to move to the new World Trade Center would cap a seismic shift that has taken place in Lower Manhattan over the past decade. This isn’t your grandfather’s Wall Street.” On April 24, 2015, Dow Jones Business News reported that avant-garde Danish architect Bjarke Ingels would be brought in to replace Norman Foster as lead designer for Tower 2 if the Murdoch companies do move to the site; a redesign was deemed necessary given the different requirements for TV studios as opposed to financial companies, the assumed major tenants for the Foster design. His design would be kept at the same height as Foster’s. However, it is unclear how the redesign would conflict with the below-grade work already completed, which conformed to the original building design. However, on the World Trade Center website, if one was to go to the leasing area in Tower 2, the 3rd floor plan shows the look-alike already built foundation, which means it could work with the already built foundation, as Bjarke Ingels said that the new 2 WTC is designed to fit on Lord Norman Foster’s tower core and foundation.

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Built on a Strong Foundation

Posted November 19, 2015 by markosun in Uncategorized

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