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BJARKE INGELS VIDEO: From roof gardens to basketball courts, BIG's designs for 2 WTC

by Jason Holland | 12 Jun 2015

Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled its innovative design for 2 World Trade Center (2 WTC), providing a different sort of building depending on your viewpoint. The architectural firm’s designs also include a range of leisure amenities such as roof gardens, sports facilities and a public plaza.

The 80+ storey building in New York features seven stacked boxes and rises to 1,340ft (408m). Taking inspiration from its location at the meeting point between the city’s financial district and Tribeca neighbourhood, BIG said the glass-clad tower combines “high-rise with low-rise and modern with historical”.

Seen from the 9/11 Memorial, the 2,800,000sq ft (260,000sq m) building appears as a tall tower in keeping with the adjacent One WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC. However, the view from Tribeca is of a series of stepped green terraces, creating “parks and plazas in the sky”, according to BIG founding partner Bjarke Ingels.

BIG has taken over the design of 2 WTC from the original architect Foster + Partners, following a decision from developer Larry Silverstein, whose key tenants are Rupert Murdoch’s media powerhouses 21st Century Fox and News Corp.

2 World Trade Center in New York City, a BIG design, Squint/Opera production from BIG on Vimeo.

As well as a public plaza at the foot of the building, there will be TV studios and 100,000sq ft (9,290sq m) of retail space over multiple levels. The tower will also provide easy access to 350,000sq ft (32,516sq m) of shopping and restaurants in the adjacent World Trade Center transportation hub, which has been designed by Santiago Calatrava.

Other planned facilities in the tower include basketball courts, a running track, a cafeteria and screening rooms, with the amenity floors opening out directly onto the rooftop parks.

The entire lower half of the tower will be occupied by Rupert Murdoch-owned 21st Century Fox and News Corp, who will use 2 WTC as their new headquarters, while Silverstein Properties will lease the upper half of the tower to other commercial tenants.

“With the transformation of the financial district into a vibrant neighborhood for creative companies in media, technology and design, 2 WTC addresses the new demands of the contemporary workspace,” said Thomas Christoffersen, partner at BIG.

“Floor plates of varying proportions host a multitude of uses and amenities creating different identities stacked in the sky, each with its own park. As the parks step back, the building steps out to transform the flexible work spaces below to typical office spaces above, creating a silhouette towards the 9/11 Memorial Park that matches the reclining lines of One WTC.”

Adamson Associates will serve as architect of record for the tower. The World Trade Center site in which 2 WTC will stand has been masterplanned by Daniel Libeskind.

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Bjarke Ingels Group has unveiled its innovative design for 2 World Trade Center (2 WTC), providing a different sort of building depending on your viewpoint. The architectural firm’s designs also include a range of leisure amenities such as roof gardens, sports facilities and a public plaza. The 80+ storey building in New York features seven stacked boxes and rises to 1,340ft (408m). Taking inspiration from its location at the meeting
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The view from New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood is of a series of stacked box buildings which decrease in size towards the top / DBOX/BIG
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