While the Port Authority continues to stonewall efforts to complete the new World Trade Center, a talented reader has used existing schematics to create new renderings of 175 and 200 Greenwich Street, which illustrate the site’s ultimate appearance and obvious potential.
175 Greenwich Street will be the first of the two towers to rise, and may do so this year, assuming Silverstein and the Port Authority can come to an agreement. GroupM already has a tentative lease, and the base of the Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners-designed skyscraper has already made significant progress, with the first several floors now clad in glass and metal.
As the renderings show, 175 Greenwich Street will ultimately stand 1,175′ tall, though the supertall will still rank behind both One World Trade Center and 200 Greenwich Street in terms of height.
Completion of Two World Trade — aka 200 Greenwich — remains somewhat more elusive, but the Norman Foster-designed tower will likely become the crown jewel of the site once it is complete. Rumors have circulated that several banks have expressed interest in moving to the tower, but given the building will span 2.53 million square feet, something significantly more concrete will be necessary for the structure to begin rising.
Nevertheless, once construction does begin, 200 Greenwich Street promises to bring positive changes to the vicinity, and its presence on the skyline will be iconic. The tower will stand 1,350′ to its pinnacle, almost putting it on-par with the roof of One World Trade Center.
The renderings underscore the importance of reconstruction, especially as the Calatrava-designed Transit Hub comes closer to its opening day; the majority of the World Trade Center is about to be finished, yet the Port Authority’s lack of cooperation may result in a portion of the site remaining an active construction zone into the 2020s.
Given the amount of office space coming online in Manhattan, 175 and 200 Greenwich face an uphill battle to secure tenants, but with other portions of the site now opening, commitments that will result in verticality are hopefully imminent. While Related and Brookfield’s projects on the Far West Side are close to Penn Station, their accessibility does not compare to the World Trade Center’s, which will hopefully guarantee the complete build-out of the WTC prior to 2020.
For now, 175 Greenwich remains stuck at its podium levels, while 200 Greenwich is a mechanical stump; at the very least, foundations for both buildings are complete, which means that once tenants are secured, construction can quickly proceed.
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