In the must-see video above, BIG founder Bjarke Ingels walks us through his inspiration for 2 World Trade Center and how it will symbolize the rebirth of the neighborhoods shaken by the aftermath of 9/11. Ingels explained further to WIRED Magazine, “On one hand [the design is] about being respectful and about completing the frame around the memorial, and on the other hand it’s about revitalizing downtown Manhattan and making it a lively place to live and work.”
The largest tenant of the to-be-constructed tower has already been identified as 21st Century Fox and News Corp. According to Ingels, CEO James Murdoch told him “he didn’t want to build a tower.” So, in response, Ingels created a design based on a series of stacked boxes that grow increasingly smaller as the floors rise to the apex of 1,340 feet (408 meters)—a tower that isn’t a tower. This unique shape will create a bit of an optical illusion for onlookers. From the memorial in the courtyard created by the buildings, BIG’s tower will appear tall and thin. From a slightly farther distance, the stepped feature will be more apparent, showing off the multiple green terraces created by the stacked box design.
Ingels’ firm described the building’s design as a “new hybrid” that will marry modern skyscraper design with a contemporary interpretation of historic building setbacks. This will be make a stunning statement when BIG’s building takes its place alongside the three other linear glass towers at the site, two of which are already completed.
Images and video via Bjarke Ingels Group