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2 World Trade Center revealed: Architect describes inspiration for final tower

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NEW YORK (PIX11) – Where many tried and failed, an ambitious Danish architect succeeded, and now Bjarke Ingels is explaining his inspiration for 2 World Trade Center, the fourth and final tower.

“The completion of the World Trade Center will finally restore the majestic skyline of Manhattan and unite the streetscapes of Tribeca with the towers downtown,” Ingels said.

But arriving at the final design was an “almost unsolvable puzzle,” he told Wired in an interview.  The conundrum: How to be respectful to those who died on 9/11, yet bold and daring enough to do justice to a Lower Manhattan skyline where the awe-inspiring Twin Towers once stood.

Ingels settled on a stepped look for the skyscraper, that was inspired by the buildings of Tribeca.

“Tribeca, the home of lofts and roof gardens, meets the glass canvas of skyscrapers.  The heritage city blocks of Tribeca, meets the vertical towers of the World Trade Center,” Ingels said.  “From Tribeca it will appear like a vertical village of singular buildings each tailored to their individual activities each stacked on top of each other forming parks and plazas in the sky.”

The 1,340-foot tower — which nears, but doesn’t surpass the roof of 1 World Trade Center — is also designed to change in appearance depending on where the viewer is standing.

“From the World Trade Center, the individual blocks unite, completing the spiral of towers framing the memorial,” Ingels said.  Seen from the base of the building, the skyscraper appears slim and business-like out of respect, Engels says, for the 3,000 people who died on September 11, 2001.  But, from other locations in the city, the step-back construction and parks give it a striking, daring look.

2 World Trade Center, which is slated to open in 2020, will house 21st Century Fox and the News Corporation, and become the third tallest skyscraper in New York City.  3 World Trade Center is scheduled to open in 2018.