BIG reveals addition to NYC skyline with stepped 2 world trade center
BIG reveals addition to NYC skyline with stepped 2 world trade center BIG reveals addition to NYC skyline with stepped 2 world trade center
jun 10, 2015

BIG reveals addition to NYC skyline with stepped 2 world trade center

BIG reveals addition to NYC skyline with stepped 2 world trade center
image by dbox
all images courtesy of bjarke ingels group / BIG




bjarke ingels group has revealed their design for the new 2 world trade center tower, which will be located at the sensitive site in new york city. BIG’s scheme is a soaring stepped tower and, as the height increases, the seven stacked volumes reduce in size, but expand in width. forming part of the final stages of the revitalization of lower manhattan, the redevelopment is set to be inhabited by media organizations 21st century fox and news corp. while the upper half of the 80-storey skyscraper will be leased to other commercial office tenants. emphasized by varying sizes and depths, the structure has been shaped and tailored around the activities and functions of the tenant as well as its adjacent urban context.

the structure is aligned to daniel libeskind’s ‘wedge of light’ plaza to preserve the views of st. paul’s chapel
image by dbox




the largest area is located at the base of the building along with the public plaza designed to activate the lower portion of the scheme. TV studios will be based on the lower floors, as well as the main lobby which connects to the WTC transit intersection, and retail space spread over multiple levels. forming a vertical succession, the orientation of the tower has been strategically configured to rise towards st paul’s chapel and frame views of  9/11 memorial park. the rooftop of each block forms an outdoor terrace complemented with landscaped greenery and sweeping views across the city and beyond. once completed, 2WTC will be a respectful nod to its delicate context, while forming its own identity within new york’s dynamic skyline.

the building is set to house the headquarters of 21st century fox and news corp
image by dbox



2 world trade center in new york city
video by squint/opera

the main lobby area at the base

a mix of contrasting and vibrant work environments

large stairwells form cascading double height communal spaces

winding circulation routes connect the program

an outdoor area for recreational activities

the design integrates social activity outdoors with sweeping views of the cityscape

the tower will rise to approximately 1,340 feet, surrounding the 9/11 memorial park
image by dbox

BIG’s scheme will be a distinctive addition to manhattan’s growing skyline

the design is shaped by its urban context

the world trade center site illuminated at night
image by dbox

the building is located next to SOM’s freedom tower
image by dbox

2WTC among the new york skyline
image by dbox





project info:


name: 2 world trade center
program: commercial
status: in progress
size: 260,000 sqm / 2,798,617 sqf
project type: commission
client: silverstein properties & 21st century fox / news corp
collaborators: adamson associates, jaros, baum & bolles, WSP cantor seinuk, van deusen & associates, vidaris, acoustic distinctions, gensler, gardiner & theobald, AMA, DBOX, squint/opera, radii
location: 200 greenwich street, NYC, USA


project team:


partners in charge: bjarke ingels, thomas christoffersen
project manager: ute rinnebach
project designer: martin voelkle
project director: douglass alligood
contributors: amina blacksher, armen menendian, benson chien, cadence bayley, daniel sundlin, carolien schippers, catherine pabst, daisy zhong, david brown, david zhai, emily watts, eva maria mikkelsen, hsiao rou huang, iva ulam, jan leenknegt, jennifer kimura, ji-young yoon, jonathan rieke, julie kaufmann, linus saavedra, maki matsubayashi, manon otto, maria sole bravo, otilia pupezeanu, paul manhertz, rune hansen, sabri farouki, seo young shin, tammy teng, tiago sa, thomas yaher, yaziel juarbe, iben falconer


  • “the tower will rise to approx. 1,340 feet, framing the 9/11 memorial park”

    How does rising to 1,340′ “FRAME” the park???

    anonymous says:
  • As a “fan” of BIG, I find this incredibly disappointing.

    Todd Friedlander says:
  • These stacked boxes appear from some angles to be teetering. That’s “a respectful nod to its delicate context?” As in precarious, not to be trusted, at risk? I suggest the Murdock family reconsider.

    Mort d'Urban says:
  • Not bad cannot wait to visit the site..

    E.O says:

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