Number five on YIMBY’s end-of-year countdown is Two World Trade Center, aka 200 Greenwich Street, a 1,350-foot-tall office skyscraper and the last major component of the 16-acre World Trade Center complex. Earlier this year, it was announced that Norman Foster of Foster + Partners would return as the architect for project, which is being developed by Larry Silverstein, head of Silverstein Properties. However, the highly anticipated revamped design of Foster’s original 2006 proposal has yet to be revealed.
Progress has yet to resume at the site, which is bound by Greenwich Street to the west, Vesey Street to the north, Church Street to the east, and Fulton Street to the south. The structure began construction in 2010 but was halted just above street level, leaving only a couple floors of walls, columns, and mechanical ducts that sit covered in colorful murals. Access to the Oculus and subways is still open and publicly accessible through the doorways on the wide northern and southern sides of the property. The eastern end of the pedestrian plaza has been closed off as work takes shape on what will become a wooden trellis structure for an outdoor beer garden.
Standing back from West Street or Church Street reveals the gap in the skyline between Three World Trade Center and One World Trade Center that the future supertall will eventually fill.
The original concept featured a striking slanted crown with four diamond-shaped surfaces that point straight down to the 9/11 Memorial reflecting pools. The scale of this architectural gesture would have certainly stood out among the Lower Manhattan skyline. It’s still unclear, however, whether this element will make it into the final iteration.
We hope to see some confirmation of construction resuming in the near future with completion in the next several years. YIMBY will keep a close eye on any design reveals or announcements.