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: