Bjarke Ingels Group's recently unveiled plan for 2 World Trade Center has been the subject of both praise ("Cool, build it!") and criticism ("Meh"), but none of that matters now that the stacked-box design has won
the highest honors some more praise from its neighbors in Manhattan Community Board 1. Although the design was first unveiled by Wired in the beginning of June, the peoples' committee was presented the plan on July 13, says Downtown Express, which they reacted to with applause. Although community board input is only advisory, the accepted design is still a major triumph and the last piece of the World Trade Center puzzle.
The plan was presented by a Silverstein spokesperson who said the building grew out of a request by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. to Bjarke Ingels Group to design a structure that would have large enough floorplates for studios and news rooms and also foster interconnectivity between departments and employees. 21st Century Fox and News Corp. weren't always bound for the World Trade Center campusand they still aren't necessarily now; they've only signed a letter of intentbut out of the 11 sites BIG was eyeing throughout Manhattan, 2 World Trade Center's worked best. "At the end, somehow there was a site available and the foundations [were] already in place," at 2 World Trade Center, the spokesperson said. Although those foundations may sound convenient, construction of the 1,340-foot tower will actually be very tricky.
The tower is expected in 2020, the same year 21st Century Fox and News Corp.'s lease expires on their Sixth Avenue office space. While New Yorkers await its rise, they can familiarize themselves with how it'll affect the skyline throughout the city with this handy visualization published by the New York Times.
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