The 1,776-foot One World Trade Center is the marquee skyscraper at ground zero but the first office tower to open there will be its shorter neighbor 4 World Trade Center.
" Here at tower 4, we are honoring the past by rebuilding both the commercial aspect of downtown and also reintroducing that sense of great architecture which was characteristic of the old World Trade Center and also such a big part of the new World Trade Center," Janno Lieber, President of the World Trade Center Properties said.
The 978-foot building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Fumihiko Maki will officially open next week.
The lead architect on 4 World Trade Center, Osamu Sassa, said the hope was to "to present the tower in a very minimalist and abstract way " so the building looked less like a commercial office tower.
" One of the things that we really tried to do was just to create this very clean reflective abstract from. And that is the unique identity." Sassa said.
One of the key elements of 4 World Trade Center is the lobby.
There are video walls at the end of the three elevator hallways that show images of water, trees, and sky that Lieber says ties in the natural elements of the 9/11 Memorial .
"These natural elements that are part of the park that we are bringing in to the lobby. And it's exciting," Lieber said.
4 World Trade Center's major tenant will be the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the agency that owns the trade center site and lost its headquarters in the 2001 terror attacks.