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Designs Unveiled for Two World Trade Center

The architectural firm BIG has revealed its plans for Two World Trade Center—evidence that Foster + Partners, the firm initially brought on to design the building—has been ousted, reports Jenna McKnight in Dezeen. BIG’s 2.8-million-square-foot building will take up a portion of the sixteen-acre World Trade Center site in Lower Manhattan and will reach a height of 1,340 feet. It will be designed as a series of stacked boxes with terraces “full of lush greenery” that afford expansive views overlooking the city.

21st Century Fox and News Corp, the building’s key tenants, reportedly felt the seventy-nine-floor design proposed London-based Foster + Partners “was more suited for an investment bank than a modern media company,” and wanted BIG founder Bjarke Ingels to redesign the tower. Ingels's design will make Two World Trade Center the third-tallest building in New York City. Extensive renderings released by Ingels’s firm can be found here.