First tower in Manhattan's World Trade Center scheme declared open today
Today (13 November 2013) an official opening ceremony will be held for the first completed tower in the World Trade Center development in New York: 4 World Trade Center. Designed by Japanese firm Maki & Associates, the reflective tower is a commercial development with 56 office floors set on a podium at street level, activating the tower at street level.
As the building’s architect, Fumihiko Maki, explains: “The design of 4 World Trade Center has two fundamental elements - a ‘minimalist’ tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, and a ‘podium’ that becomes a catalyst for activating the surrounding urban streetscape as part of the revitalisation of lower Manhattan.”
At 977ft in height, 4 World Trade Center is the fourth tallest tower at the 16-acre World Trade Center site and totals 2.3 million sq ft of useable office space. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will take one third of this space as its new headquarters and Silverstein Properties will be retaining a sizeable chunk of floorspace. Floors 44-54 and 57-72 are still available to lease with floor-to-ceiling glass providing incredible views across Manhattan.
The LEED Gold certification tower faces directly over the 8-acre World Trade Center Memorial Park which is reflected in the large volumes of glass that make up the building’s external façade. Maki & Associates selected composite glass with multiple layers of coatings for a matte quality and luminous sheen which can be clearly seen in the images shown here. The bulk of the tower takes an angular profile in response to the composition of World Trade Center masterplan and arrangement of the other skyscrapers across the site.
Internally the building is defined by two distinct floor plates. Levels 7 to 46 take the shape of a parallelogram to reflect the configuration of the World Trade Center site, with a typical floor plate measuring 44,560 sq ft. In the high rise section of the tower, these floor plates take on a trapezoid form at 34,893 sq ft.
Stay up to date with new developments at the World Trade Center site on the official WTC website.