In December of 2005, World Trade Center developer Larry A. Silverstein announced the appointment of world-renowned architect Lord Norman Foster to design Tower 2 of the new World Trade Center. Five months later, Mr. Silverstein selected two additional elite architects, Lord Richard Rogers and Fumihiko Maki to design Towers 3 and 4, respectively.
Along with David Childs (7 World Trade Center and Freedom Tower), Santiago Calatrava (WTC Transportation Hub), Michael Arad (WTC Memorial), and Frank Gehry (World Trade Center Performing Arts Center), these three men have helped form an international array of illustrious architectural talent on the site.
"Beginning with 7 WTC, I made a commitment to hire the best architectural talent in the world and apply the highest standards of design to build these office towers," Mr. Silverstein said in May of 2006. "The selection of architects to produce inspirational designs is yet another sign that the World Trade Center rebuilding is proceeding swiftly and intelligently."
The Team at Work
The WTC Design Team is an unprecedented amalgam of architectural minds, firms, and talents, all working toward the goal of creating a unified plan for rebuilding the WTC as a 21st-century urban center.
Since the design kick-off in May 2006, a wide array of the world's most accomplished architects, engineers, government planners and construction professionals have been working side-by-side in what has become an unprecedented collaborative effort to design Towers 2, 3, and 4 of the new WTC.
Led by staff members from Silverstein Properties and the firms of Foster, Rogers and Maki, the team, which encompassed up to 120 dedicated individuals, began work in offices on 7 WTC's 25th floor before moving into a custom-built design lab on the building's 10th floor. This shared space has fostered a creativity energy and level of collaboration rarely achieved on this scale in the architectural world.
"The goal of bringing everyone together in one studio was to create a degree of interaction and synergy that couldn't possibly exist if they were in their separate domains," said Mr. Silverstein.
From a design perspective, each of the towers is distinct, yet all three are architecturally compatible and work together seamlessly.
The scale and complexity of the undertaking is remarkable. The below-grade coordination goes beyond the three towers to include the development of a retail complex, extensive underground connections, parking facilities, and building services.
Taken together with the recently opened 7 WTC to the north of the site and the fast-rising new Goldman Sachs global headquarters in Battery Park City to the west of the WTC, the downtown skyline will feature no fewer than seven gleaming, environmentally-sustainable, new corporate office towers comprising 14 million square feet of office space.
DESIGN COMPLETION SCHEDULE
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