2006_05_wtdsiterendering.gifIt'll be an alley of cray architectural all-stars downtown! After turning over Freedom Tower reins to the Port Authority and getting a pretty sweet deal, given everything, developer Larry Silverstein has annointed British architect (and Sir) Richard Rogers to design Tower 3 and Japanese Pritzker-winner Fumihiko Maki to design Tower 4 at the World Trade Center. Rogers is making a splash in New York lately - he'll be designing the Javits Center expansion, the Silvercup Studio expansion, and the downtown east River waterfront development; Maki has a big NYC commission himself - the the UN expansion. So, the other architects at Ground Zero are Norman Foster (Tower 2), Daniel Libeskind and David Childs (for the Freedom Tower mashup), Frank Gehry (a performing arts center), Santiago Calatrava (Path Transit Hub), and wunderkind Michael Arad (the memorial), with Jean Nouvel possibly be in the mix for Tower 5. All you need is Rem Koolhaas or Rafael Vinoly! Even though it's questionable whether or not the millions and millions of square feet of office space will be occupied, it'll probably be a pilgrimage for New Yorkers and tourists alike, whenever the structures are completed.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation has a Freedom Tower construction fact sheet (PDF). Curbed has a spiffy visual so you can put the architects' faces to the empty lots.

Photographs at top are of Sir Rogers' Millennium Dome on the left and Maki's Fujisawa Municipal Gym