Although construction on Two World Trade Center has yet to begin, it looks like the Bjarke Ingels-designed structure is already on track to becoming the most expensive office building in the world. According to the NY Post, construction costs for the unique, stepped structure could reach a whopping $4 billion, which would top the world's current most expensive office tower, One World Trade Center.
According to the Post’s report, real estate management firm Silverstein Properties is currently looking for an equity partner to contribute half-a-billion dollars to fund Two World Trade Center’s construction. Once funding is secured, the tower, which will be the last of four being built in the WTC complex, will be slated for completion some time in 2020. If the project ends up costing over $3.8 billion, it will be crowned as the world’s most expensive office building, taking away the adjacent One World Trade Center‘s current title.
Although the financial side may still be up in the air, the 2.8 million-square-foot downtown tower has already accepted a few well-known tenants. News Corp and 21st Century Fox have already signed a letter of intent to occupy 1.6 million square feet of the building’s lower floors. In fact, the two corporations played a large role in the redesign of the building, reportedly telling BIG founder Bjarke Ingels that the original rendering by the prestigious Foster + Partners “was more suited for an investment bank than a modern media company.”
The finalized 2WTC tower design by BIG is comprised of seven vertical cubes stacked on top of each other, each getting smaller as the building rises. Each “box” comes with plenty of outdoor garden space, specifically landscaped to evoke varying climates from tropical to arctic.
“The needs and requirements of the media company and other tenants are concentrated into seven separate building volumes, each tailored to their unique activities,” said Ingels. “From Tribeca, it will appear like a vertical village of singular buildings each tailored to their individual activities stacked on top of each other, forming parks and plazas in the sky.”
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