3 World Trade Center Gets Update to Better Complement Its Bjarke Ingels-Designed Neighbor

June 23, 2015

Original design of 3 WTC (L); Revised design without the roof masts (R)

Ever since starchitect Bjarke Ingels revealed renderings for 2 World Trade Center (after taking over the design from Norman Foster), the building has been the talk of the architecture world, especially since Ingels has been so generous about giving interviews to the press. The tower has now even influenced the architects of 3 World Trade Center (a.k.a. 175 Greenwich Street) to rethink their design. As Yimby reports, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners have amended their plan for the third-tallest building on the site to have a more streamlined roof, now void of its spires, to better complement 2 World Trade.

In a statement Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said:

The original intention of the masts on 3 WTC was that they would express the structure of the building as it stretched towards the sky. But as the design developed, it became clear that they did not achieve this objective, and did not contribute to the aesthetic impact or functioning of the building. Furthermore, when we reviewed 3 WTC in relation to the new design of 2 WTC, we realized the two buildings complemented each other and the Libeskind Master Plan best without the masts. Therefore, they are not included in the final design.

Construction is moving ahead on 3 World Trade, which will have 80 stories, stand 1,170 feet tall, and boast 2.5 million square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of retail space in the base. Despite the roof changes, the tower will retain its cross-bracing facade scheme. It’s expected to be completed in 2018.

[Via NY Yimby]


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