The original Foster + Partners' iteration of Two World Trade Center appears to have been rescued from the chopping block, but it will undergo significant revisions before it is presented again to the public. In an interview with the New York Post, developer Larry Silverstein said the current plan devised by Bjarke Ingels Group has been scrapped, and Foster has been brought back on board to revise the first proposal for the site.
The old design, which features four volumes culminating in a diamond-shaped crown arrangement, was revealed in 2006. The project stalled when the recession hit, with it only returning to the limelight in 2015 with a new design by Bjarke Ingels Group. News Corp and 21st Century Fox had signed on as the anchor tenants, but backed out a year later, leaving the development in another state of uncertainty.
Silverstein had focused his efforts on leasing the other skyscrapers in the complex, quickly signing deals for the 2013-built Four World Trade Center. The recently completed Three World Trade Center is not yet fully leased, but Silverstein says he believes it will be sometime this year.
"The old design is being significantly modified to be more reflective of contemporary needs and taste," Silverstein said in the interview. No rendering for the new tower, the final skyscraper in the World Trade Center complex, has been released.
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