The Financial District’s skyline is set to undergo major changes in the coming years, with several prominent projects in the works, including 125 Greenwich Street, which will approach One World Trade Center’s height. A reader created a rendering of what Downtown will look like after four of the largest developments are finished, and the changes are impressive (larger version at link).
30 Park Place is hidden in this perspective by One World Trade Center, and 56 Leonard would appear to the left of the frame, but beginning with 101 Murray — protruding above Goldman Sachs — upwards momentum is once again significant. Two World Trade Center (200 Greenwich) remains unlikely to resume construction in the near future, but activity is already starting back up at Three World Trade Center, which will make a significant dent in the skyline’s current gap.
125 Greenwich is the most significant newcomer, though per Shvo, the skyscraper will see additional changes before work begins, as the design is still progressing. Whether the height is increased further remains to be seen, but deference to One World Trade Center will hopefully not be an issue when it comes to the future of the skyline, especially as One WTC’s most prominent and supposedly symbolic feature — the spire, depicted as it was supposed to look above — was value-engineered into a spindly antenna.
Moving south, the last new tower is 50 West Street, which is already under construction. Initially, the development was supposed to be one of the tallest Downtown, but 125 Greenwich and 101 Murray will both be substantially larger, with 30 Park Place and 56 Leonard also ranking ahead. Still, at 783 feet, it is approximately the same height as the tallest buildings in Miami, Boston, and Minneapolis, which shows the sheer scale of Manhattan.
Lower Manhattan’s impending boom will transform the overall skyline, and while Midtown will always reign in terms of sheer density, the quantity of supertalls Downtown — and their dense configuration — will be visible from both near and far, with the infill set to improve both the streetscape, and the city’s vertical profile.
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