Bjarke Ingels’ Two World Trade Centre Design Ditched for Norman Foster


Bjarke Ingels’ appointed design for Two World Trade Centre has reportedly been replaced by its developer, in favour of reworking British architect Foster and Partners original 2006 design.

“The old design is being significantly modified to be more reflective of contemporary needs and taste,” Silverstein Properties Chairman Larry Silverstein exclusively told the New York Post.

Silverstein Properties, the developer behind New York’s world trade centre, had originally appointed Norman Foster to design Two World Trade Centre (2WTC) in 2006.

But Foster’s design for the tower stalled and was later replaced by a design from Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group in 2015. The new appointment was largely due to the proposed tower's primary tenants, Rupert Murdoch's media companies News Corp and 21st Century Fox, who have since pulled out of the leasing deal as anchor tenants.

▲ Foster’s original 2WTC design comprised a cluster of four diamond-shaped shards.
▲ Foster’s original 2WTC 79-story tower designed in 2006.Foster + Partners. Silverstein Properties

Silverstein has previously announced he would postpone work on 2WTC until an anchor tenant agrees to lease a substantial portion of the tower.

While no new details regarding when a new design for 2WTC may be revealed, it is understood Fosters will design the 2WTC tower, which is one of four skyscrapers planned for the site.

▲ BIG’s tower design of stacked boxes has reportedly been replaced.
▲ BIG’s tower (and lead image) stacked box design.DBOX

Silverstein, one of New York City's renowned developers, started out in commercial real estate as a broker. He purchased his first property, an industrial loft, with his Dad, Harry Silverstein, in 1957.

In 2001, Silverstein signed, what was the largest real estate transaction in New York's history, a $3.2 billion (A$4.6bn), 99-year ground lease on the World Trade Centre site, months before the September 11 attack.

Since September 11, efforts to rebuild the World Trade Centre have experienced delays due to disputes among government agencies, and the victims' families advocating for the site to remain as a memorial.

▲ Larry Silverstein at the opening of the 80-storey 3WTC, designed by British architect Richard Rogers, in June last year.
▲ Larry Silverstein at the opening of the 80-storey 3WTC, designed by British architect Richard Rogers, last year.

Silverstein describes 2WTC as the “capstone in the redevelopment of the World Trade Centre” and the “final component of the revitalisation of Lower Manhattan”.

He told The Post that he will first finish leasing 3WTC before proceeding with the development of 2WTC.

Located at 200 Greenwich Street and bounded by Church Street to the east, Vesey Street to the north and Fulton Street to the south, the 2 WTC tower is planned to frame the 9/11 Memorial Park alongside One WTC, 3 WTC and 4 WTC.

One WTC, principally owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, opened in 2014 and stands 104-stories tall. Its anchor tenant is American media company Conde Nast, publisher of Vogue, GQ, Architectural Digest among others, which occupies floors 20-to-44.

Silverstein Properties was contacted by The Urban Developer for commentary prior to publication.

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