BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) has revealed their latest project: the new design for 2 world trade center, which will be located on a 16-acre World Trade Center Site, overlooking the World Trade Memorial Plaza. This comes as confirmation that the skyscraper’s original architecture firm, Foster + Partners, has been removed from the project. The CEO of 21st Century Fox, James Murdoch, and Ingels wanted to break away from the connotations and rigidity of a standard tower structure. Instead, the practice created a soaring, stepped skyscraper. As the structure’s height increases, the seven distinct volumes, based off of architectural forms in the surrounding Tribeca area, reduce in size but expand in width as they stack on top of one another.
The 80-story skyscraper will house the headquarters of 21st Century Fox and News Corp, with the upper half being leased to other commercial office tenants. The varying sizes and depths of the structure’s steppes allow for a building that is shaped and tailored around the activities and functions of its tenants as well as its urban context. The largest area of the skyscraper is located at the base of the building, along with a large public plaza that will drive the surrounding busy activity. The TV studios will be based here, as well as the main lobby which will connect to the WTC transit intersection and the retail space spread over multiple levels. The skyscraper will be oriented so that it will rise facing towards St. Paul’s chapel and frame views of 9/11 memorial park. The rooftop of each block will form an outdoor terrace complemented with landscaped greenery and sweeping views of cityscape. The 2.8 million-square-foot building will appear tall and slender while looking up from the World Trade Center Memorial Plaza, but from a distance, its stepped form will be more apparent. The firm described the building’s design as a “new hybrid” that merges the Modernist skyscraper with a contemporary interpretation of historic building setbacks.
This project comes as part of the final stages of the revitalization of lower Manhattan. Once completed, 2WTC will be a respectful nod to its delicate context but at the same time, form its own identity within the city’s dynamic skyline. “The completion of the World Trade Center will finally restore the majestic skyline of Manhattan and unite the streetscapes of Tribeca with the towers downtown,” said Ingels in a video explaining the project. This will create a visual link between the old and new districts where “the heritage city blocks of Tribeca meet the vertical towers of the World Trade Center,” Ingels added. “From Tribeca, it will appear like a vertical village of singular buildings each tailored to their individual activities stacked on top of each other, forming parks and plazas in the sky.”
This is the latest in a series of projects made up of stacked cuboid volumes – a form also adopted by SANAA’s New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York, which was completed in 2007.
The skyscraper will join two completed towers – One World Trade Center by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Four World Trade Center by Fumihiko Maki – along with the under-construction Three World Trade Center, designed by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. All three are linear towers sheathed in glass.
Submitted by: Dwayne
Source: DesignBoom, DeZeen