The design for the fourth and final skyscraper to be built on the historic World Trade Centre site has just been revealed and unsurprisingly, it looks incredible.
Danish architect Bjarke Ingles was given the momentous task of designing the new tower. Ingles is well known for his creativity in design, a signature clearly identified in the architectural solution for the final tower, making for a revolutionary addition to the New York skyline. The true task in designing the structure to replace that fallen 14 years ago on 9/11, however, was in cautiously treading the duality of respect for the site’s past, coupled with creating a meaningful and worthy addition to the majestic New York City skyline. Ingles has managed the task masterfully; remaining respectful by using a slender and serious perspective from the Memorial Plaza and a more lively, intriguing view from Tribeca, which serves to add an exciting new vibe to downtown Manhattan.
The Tribeca view is made primarily from glass, divided into seven boxes at around a dozen stories tall, all of which will be stacked one on top of the other in a fashion not dissimilar to children’s building blocks. As the building rises into the New York scape these blocks become smaller, providing setbacks for gardens as well as nifty digital boards, which send out messages to people passing by on the streets below.
Last year, One Trade Centre opened with Media Company Condé Nast as its anchor tenant and with the new building set to house Fox amongst other creative companies, it looks as though the “dowdy” financial district is about to have a major revamp in its perception.
If you haven’t already, take a look at the video demonstrating the design in action, it’s pretty outstanding!