Danish firm BIG is reportedly in talks to redesign the final tower at the World Trade Center site, potentially ousting the original architects as part of the developer’s tenancy negotiations.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), Bjarke Ingels’ studio is in talks with developer Larry Silverstein, who hopes to tempt 21st Century Fox and News Corps to take up office space at 2 World Trade Center.
Norman Foster’s studio was originally announced as the designer of the tower in 2006 and unveiled plans for a 387-metre-tall skyscraper consisting of four interconnecting blocks linked by a central core.
The top of the structure featured a slanted roof, creating four diamond-shaped planes. It was due to complete in 2011 and foundations were built, but work was halted while Silverstein struggled to secure tenants that would make the project financially viable.
According to the WSJ, the redesign is necessary to include space suitable for studios on the lower floors – replacing the bank trading floors of the previous version, which was targeted at financial businesses.
Ingels’ skyscraper, which would be the final project on the World Trade Center site, will share a similar height and offer roughly the same amount of floor space as the previous Foster design.
But the recent appointment of BIG, alongside London-based designer Thomas Heatherwick, as architect of the new Google campus in California will bring added cachet to the World Trade Center project.