A new World Trade Centre skyscraper was opened for business in New York city, 16 years after the 2001 terror attacks. The 80-storey known as 3 World Trade Centre, which rises to 1,079 feet, opened on Monday after years of delay and lack of funding and marks New York City’s fifth-tallest tower. This is a moment of enormous pride for me and for everyone in the Silverstein organization, and for the thousands of women and men who had a hand in creating this amazing building, said Larry A. Silverstein, Chairman, Silverstein Properties who is the promoter of the project.
3 WTC is designed by Pritzker prize-winning architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners. Featuring a reinforced concrete core encased by a steel structure and defined by its load-sharing system of K-shaped bracing, the building has floor-to-ceiling glass and column-free floor plates, creating unobstructed 360-degree panoramic views of New York City.
With a total of 2.5 million square feet of office space, the 80-story tower will feature 30,000 to 70,000 square foot floors with 360-degree Manhattan views and 13-foot 6ö to 24-foot ceilings. Three floors (17, 60 and 76) offer tenants access to outdoor terrace space. Consistent with the Silverstein organization’s commitment to sustainable design and energy efficiency, and following 7 and 4 WTC, 3 WTC will be a LEED-certified Gold office tower.
Richard Rogers, founding partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: It has been a great privilege to design one of the new buildings on this key site in New York. We are particularly delighted that we have been working in the heart of this vibrant city. This was a complex and challenging project, but one which has helped to contribute to the revitalization of New York City and one which will help to inspire a new hope for the city’s future.
Richard Paul, Partner and Project Lead, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners said: This building is an exceptional location within the revitalized urban fabric of Lower Manhattan. It makes a significant step towards a new sense of place in New York’s World Trade Center. The new workplace will bring vitality to the area and with the extensive public realm, a new sense of urban integration.