There has been no bigger development saga in Manhattan than the rebuilding of the World Trade Center, and while it may not seem glaringly obvious, things took a major step forward this week as the glass atop 175 Greenwich Street reached the building’s parapet. It will still take another few months for the southern and eastern sides of Three World Trade Center to be completely enclosed, but both northern and western fronts are now fully complete, as seen in the latest photos by Joe Woolhead.
Designed by Richard Rogers, 175 Greenwich Street is the third major building in the complex, and its evolution from the initial plans proposed back in the mid-2000s has been substantial. Portions of the tower have lost the cross-bracing featured in the original design, and the parapet lost four separate spires that would’ve crowned the project. But regardless of those relatively small aesthetic changes, the building has now reached its 1,080-foot pinnacle.
The tower began construction back in 2011, however concerns over an anchor tenant ultimately led to a several-year pause, before work resumed in March of 2015. GroupM ultimately agreed to anchor the building, which allowed it to rise beyond the base podium, and design changes were subsequently reported by YIMBY in June of 2015.
After that, the tower reached supertall status early last year, and officially topped out on June 23rd, of 2016. The steel skeleton reached the concrete a few months ago, and since then, glass has been the major component of progress, with the exterior now fully sheathed on two sides.
The next steps for the site include continued work on the interior, as well as the installation of the last bits of glass on the southern and eastern faces. Beyond that, the site still has one major supertall to go, and plans for 200 Greenwich Street have suffered continuous setbacks and delays since the location was initially supposed to yield a tower by Norman Foster. That creation was shelved for a design by Bjarke Ingels/BIG Architecture, featured at the following link in an interview with YIMBY, which has subsequently been relegated to eternal purgatory after Fox/Newscorp decided against the move Downtown.
Though the new World Trade Center is still missing both 200 Greenwich and the Performing Arts Center, the conclusion of 175 Greenwich Street’s rise is hopefully a sign that construction on the site’s last major supertall is not too far away. As for 175 Greenwich Street, the tower is expected to open next year.