Bjarke Ingels unveils stepped design for final WTC tower

News Corporation and 21st Century Fox have signed a non-binding letter of intent to realize Ingels’ design.

June 09, 2015 |
BIG unveils designs for last WTC tower

The tower's design takes cue from its existing neighbors. Renderings courtesy BIG

After months of speculation, Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG has finally released its design scheme for Two World Center, proving that the original Foster + Partners design will be replaced, Wired reports.

The long awaited and storied designs did not upset. Of the glass, staircase-meets-ziggurat-shape BIG came up with, developer Larry Silverstein told Wired: “I hadn’t seen a building like this beforehand, I hadn’t considered a building like this before, and certainly there was nothing down at the Trade Center to indicate that this would be a trend for tomorrow.” 

Between each stack of blocks, or "step," is a terrace, which fulfills the client's request for emulatiing a Silicon Valley open-office atmosphere in dense Manhattan.

Ruport Murdoch’s News Corporation and 21st Century Fox have signed a non-binding letter of intent to build Two World Trade with Ingels’ design, which is infused with different back stories and philosophies. “The first thing [James Murdoch] said to me is he didn’t want to build a tower,” Ingels said.

For a full report on the design, head over to Wired. In the meantime, enjoy this sneak peek of renderings courtesy of the Bjarke Ingels Group:

 

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