“Starchitecht” Bjarke Ingels has unveiled his design for the final tower at the World Trade Center site, breaking with tradition to propose a building that, from one side, resembles a giant staircase.
Inside the 80-story structure — which, at 1,340 feet, will become Manhattan’s third-tallest building — will be many more steps, some leading to sunny indoor terraces and large, open spaces that resemble the Silicon Valley office space of tech giants like Google, which is also an Ingels client.
Ingels’ renderings were published this week in tech magazine Wired’s digital edition, which said the architect, founder of the firm BIG, has displaced sustainable architects Foster + Partners, which had proposed a more traditional design for the WTC’s fourth skyscraper.
Wired said James Murdoch, the son of media titan Rupert Murdoch and a top executive at 21st Century Fox, which is expected to occupy most of the new building, didn’t like the Foster + Partners design.
Fox’s presence in the financial district “clearly moves the center of gravity in the city’s media industry downtown,” one New York City business leader told Wired.
See the architect’s renderings here.