London-based architectural firm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) has said that the 3 World Trade Center in New York has been opened as part of the redevelopment of Manhattan’s Ground Zero 16-acre site.
Located at 175 Greenwich Street, opposite WTC memorial and Cultural Center at the heart of the Financial District in downtown Manhattan, the 1,079ft 3 World Trade Center is RSHP’s first built project in New York and third building to be completed on the World Trade Center (WTC) masterplan site developed by Silverstein Properties.
The 80-storey 3 World Trade Center commercial building contains 2.5 million ft² rentable space above ground and five floors of retail, including at ground level.
The building links direct to the new World Trade Center transportation hub and to underground pedestrian concourses that lead to 11 subway lines and the PATH trains.
The design of the exterior bracing provides stability to the building and also allows the tenants the flexibility to create work spaces with column-free corners.
Project lead of 3 World Trade Center Richard Paul said that the architecture team ensured that all corners of the tower were column-free to give companies an unobstructed panorama of the city.
The 17th floor terrace, which will be open to the entire building, is expected to include a garden and coffee shop.
According to Silverstein Properties, principal tenants Group M will have access to the 60th and 76th floor terraces. The 76th floor terrace will be the tallest outdoor terrace in the city.
The lower part of the building consists of the retail element and the trading floors and ‘Live’, active façades at street level. The tower also has two below ground level retail levels and three retail levels above the ground floor.
The 17th floor consists of a 5,500ft² landscaped garden terrace and the 60th and 76th floors have two smaller garden spaces.
The building incorporates green design features such as LED lighting in the lobbies to save energy, and perimeter lighting controls which make use of 68% of daylight.
The tower has been awarded ‘Gold’ Certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design by the US Green Buildings Council.