The first of the new World Trade Centers has opened. This building, called ’4 World Trade Center,’ was designed by Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki. It is the first of five proposed buildings to be constructed and, when complete, will be the 4th tallest of the group.
The design is both modest and modern. It features ground to top reflective glass making it difficult to ignore, especially with a reflecting blue sky. The entrance, on the corner of Greenwich and Liberty streets, is on the side of the building with the lowest point in an effort to make it approachable and friendly from the street. It is important that the entrance be approachable because they wouldn’t want to frighten away businesses to occupy the 1.5 million square feet of office space inside!