Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Silverstein Properties are celebrating the completion of 3 World Trade Center, the second tallest building in the World Trade Center site and the very first built work by the architects in New York City.

The tower, spanning 80 floors and some 1,000 ft, sits at 175 Greenwich Street, right at the heart of the Financial District in downtown Manhattan. Combining retail – on the lower five storeys – and office space, the commercial building is the third one to complete on site by the same developers.

Built in glass and steel, the tower features state-of-the-art design, bearing the signature light and elegant, yet confident and experienced touch of RSHP. Visible exterior bracing not only adds to a balanced, well articulated facade and volume composition, but it also allows for column-free interiors and flexible spaces inside, to suit a variety of businesses. The retail element sits at the base of the tower’s podium, where the dramatic, triple-height entrance lobby is also located.

Green design was a key priority for the team. The building has achieved high energy ratings, and includes strategies that limit spending associated to artificial lighting. This won them a ‘Gold’ Certificate for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the US Green Buildings Council. Additionally, there is a 5,500 sq ft landscaped garden terrace on the 17th floor and two smaller garden spaces on the 60th and 76th floor.

‘It has been a great privilege to design one of the new buildings on this key site in New York’, says Pritzker Prize winner and RSHP founding partner Richard Rogers. ‘We are particularly delighted that we have been working in the heart of this vibrant city. This was a complex and challenging project but one which has helped to contribute to the revitalisation of New York City and one which will help to inspire a new hope for the city’s future.’ §