Architecture review: Bjarke Ingels’ 2 WTC design is both “stodgily conventional” and “punk”

Bjarke Ingels’ design shows bold approach for final Trade Center tower

TRD New York /
Sep.September 25, 2015 10:00 AM

From the September issue: Here’s the sort of thing that writers on architecture rarely, if ever, get to say: In the design of Tower 2 of the World Trade Center site, Sir Norman Foster has been replaced by Bjarke Ingels, a man exactly half his age.

Lord Foster is 80 years old, but he stands, in architectural terms, on the outer edge of middle age. Architecture, especially as practiced in New York City over the past half century or so, is an older man’s game. Some of the most important practitioners here have been Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson and I. M. Pei, all of whom worked well into their 90s. In fact, Pei is still going strong at 98. By contrast, the relative youth of Ingels, all of 40 years old, is so striking that everyone who writes about him mentions the fact, and he himself must be thoroughly sick of hearing it. [more]


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Two Trees’s Jed Walentas, Bjarke Ingels and a rendering of the project (Credit: Getty Images, BIG)

Two Trees unveils bold plan for Williamsburg towers, beach

Larry Silverstein and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange (Credit: Getty Images)

Institutional investors swarm Silverstein’s new TASE bonds

Larry Silverstein (photo by Max Dworkin)

The Closing: Larry Silverstein

Larry Silverstein and the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange Bull (Credit: Getty Images and Wikipedia)

As other NYC firms go quiet, Silverstein Properties prepares new Israeli bond offering

How this longtime NYC developer attracts hip tenants to Lower Manhattan

How this longtime NYC developer attracts hip tenants to Lower Manhattan

VIDEO: How Larry Silverstein attracts “hipper” companies to FiDi

VIDEO: How Larry Silverstein attracts “hipper” companies to FiDi

The Real Deal publisher Amir Korangy and Larry Silverstein (Credit: Emily Assiran)

Silverstein might build 2 WTC on spec

Silverstein, Cantor Fitzgerald to raise nearly $2B Opportunity Zone fund

Silverstein, Cantor Fitzgerald to raise nearly $2B Opportunity Zone fund

arrow_forward_ios
Loading...