New York’s newest landmark, Two World Trade Center, will also be the world’s most expensive development. The New York Post reports that the project will likely cost $4 billion to complete.
At over 80 stories and 1,340 feet tall, Two World Trade Center will be the second tallest of the WTC towers. With 2.8 million square feet of rentable space, the building will serve as the new headquarters for 21st Century Fox and News Corp, housing their subsidiary companies and more than 5,000 people under one roof.
Once completed, Two World Trade Center will actually knock its sister building, One World Trace Center, out of the top spot as the world’s most expensive building ever constructed, according to Emporis. The real estate data firm devised “the official ranking of the most costly buildings constructed in the world,” and Two World Trade Center will sit at the top of it. Opened in November 2014, One World Trade Center cost $3.9 billion to build and measures 1,776 feet.
Of Two World Trade Center’s design, Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG, has said that the building will appear “very straight-laced” when looking up from the memorial plaza. From other angles, however, the building has more personality.
“…As an echo of the diversity of the north and east facades, the stepping in and out actually creates the illusion of a tower that leans in toward One World Trade,” Ingels said.