An awkward redesign and a media empire
Unfortunately, it has been less than easy to secure financing and port authority approval to move forward with the plan. As with most government dealings, this plan is mixed up in gridlock at almost every turn. Originally slated to be built between 2011-2016, the port authority decided in 2009 that they wanted to reduce the tower to a small four story building, citing the poor economy and disagreements with Silverstein properties as a reason to reduce the building's size. According to terms Silverstein agreed to with the Port Authority, Two World Trade Center had to be built with private financing, which would only come with the promise of a large tenant. The inclusion of the Murdoch companies as this large tenant provided much needed promise to the likelihood of the buildings future development.
So far, the only confirmed tenants are NewsCorp and 21st Century Fox, which signed tentative lease agreements in early June 2015 to build a joint headquarters in the bottom floors of the new tower.
According to the above mentioned Wired article, Rupert Murdoch, founder of NewsCorp and 21st Century Fox, was fond of the open workspaces that Ingles was famous for designing, as he felt it would contribute to more open and collaborative atmospheres among his employees. His initial parameters for the deign were as simple as fitting an open workspace into a vertical structure. Armed with those relaxed parameters, Ingles presented his concept: Seven stacked boxes, about 12 stories tall each. Murdoch's empire will occupy the two lower boxes of the building, and tenants for the five blocks above it are yet to be found. As the blocks get smaller as the building rises, the jutting edges from the boxes below offer room for a garden for the box above. An interesting building note is the incorporation of a spinal elevator shaft along the western corner of the tower, and winding staircases will run up next to the glassy exterior, which avoids dividing the team operating on those floors. Murdoch’s companies are likely due to move in in 2020, after their current lease runs out, which is likely when the Two World Trade center will be finished.
Height: ~1300 Feet ( slightly shorter than the One World Trade Center)
Floors: ~ 84 (12 floors per each of seven “blocks”)
Sq. Feet: ~ 3 million
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