Is Foster being ousted by BIG at 2 World Trade Center?

The May 29 opening of the observation deck at One World Trade isn’t the only big news coming out of Ground Zero.  The Wall Street Journal and other credible news sources are reporting that a change of architects may be in the works for the design of 2 World Trade Center.  Originally designed a decade ago by the British superstar Sir Norman Foster and shelved by the Port Authority in 2008 for a lack of tenants, the Journal is reporting that BjarkeIngles Group may be tapped to redesign the tower.  

The change is reportedly the result of a greater shift happening in Lower Manhattan where the area’s tenants are quickly transitioning from financial companies to creative types.  Of the towers now standing at the World Trade Center site, 33% of the space is occupied by media and technology companies and this number is expected to grow.  Two large media organisations, 21st Century Fox and Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, have reportedly signed a letter of intent with developer Larry Silverstein to anchor 2 World Trade Center.  Under the proposed deal, they would occupy about 1.3 million square feet of the 2.8 million square foot tower..  If this happens it is likely that the media companies will bring in BIG to redesign the tower.    Regardless of who gets the call, the building will have to redesigned to accommodate broadcast studios at the ground level.  A decision is expected in months. 

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