Designed by Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Fumihiko Maki, this is the first and southernmost of four towers to be completed in a spiral of towers to the east and the northwest terminating in 1 WTC as originally proposed in Daniel Libeskind’s competition-winning master plan.
At 2.3 million sf and 978 feet tall, the tower is sheathed in a thicker than usual 3/8-inch low-iron outer lite for the insulated glazing units, each floor-to-floor unit extending beyond the spandrel for minimal visual interruption. With its notched corners, allowing twice the number of corner offices, and highly refined silvery curtain wall, the building at times seems to merge into the sky.
On the 57th floor there is a setback accommodating a large sky terrace which is poised to be one of the city’s premiere outdoor spaces offering dramatic views of the harbor and New Jersey beyond.
The double height lobby overlooks the Memorial park and is faced in polished dark grey granite reflecting the park outside. The floors are light grey with white ceilings seamlessly flowing into white columns structurally designed to be as few as possible. Retail space, facing the pedestrian extension of Cortlandt Street, together with the welcoming lobby, make a strong urban streetscape.
(2014) Maki and Associates