Last week, News Corp. and 21st Century Fox signed a letter of intent to lease 1.3 million square feet at Silverstein’s 2 World Trade Center, in the Financial District, which would warrant the building’s redesign by BIG and eventual construction.
Viewed from the north and east, the building is a stack of seven boxes irregularly placed atop each other, but vertically flush when viewed at the WTC memorial to the southwest. Rising roughly 80 stories, 2 World Trade will top out at 1,340 feet and contain 2.8 million square feet of office space, as architect Norman Foster initially proposed.
The office tower is scheduled to be complete by 2021, and is currently build up to grade. The tower should rise along with 3 World Trade Center, another 80-story, 1,170-foot-tall office tower under construction to the south. 3 WTC is scheduled to open in 2018.