Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG Architecture firm, recently revealed his unique design for Two World Trade Center—a final component in restoring the Manhattan skyline to its former glory.
The 80-story building will serve as the fourth and final structure to complete the World Trade Center and will stand 1,340 feet tall, making it the third tallest building in New York City.
The skyscraper appears to be shaped from 7 glass blocks, stacked and descending in size as it rises, with a garden and terrace visible on each level. It was placed at the axis of Daniel Libeskind’s “Wedge of Light,” as to not obstruct the view of the 9/11 Memorial or St. Peter’s Church.
Ingels created the asymmetrical tower with dual personalities; combining the aesthetic from the two neighborhoods it sits between—Tribeca and the Financial District. From memorial park, the building will appear unified as a tribute to the victims of the terror attacks. But, from Tribeca, it will look like separate buildings stacked upon each other reaching into the sky.
The announcement comes on the heels of One World Trade Center Observatory opening—an attraction that has welcomed over 100,000 visitors in its first two weeks. The inside of Two World Trade Center will offer sprawling views of the surrounding area as well as large office spaces. 21st Century Fox and New Corp have already signed tentative leases for the space. The Tower is scheduled to open in September of 2021 for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Lindsey Campbell is the Associate Audience Engagement Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @lyndzicampbell.
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