The first of the World Trade Center towers to be rebuilt is also New York City’s first green office tower, with an ideal lighting solution from Zumtobel Lighting solution in the office areas: Slotlight fluorescent luminaires with MPO optics.

7World Trade Center, New York/US

  • Client: Silverstein Properties, New York/US
  • Architect: Skidmore Owings and Merrill, New York/US
  • Lighting design: Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design, New York/US
  • Lighting solutions: SLOTLIGHT with MPO optics

Seven World Trade Center (7 WTC), which officially opened on May 23, 2006, was certified at Gold status under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system.

The 52-storeyed building, which replaces the last of the towers to fall on September 11, 2001 and is the first of the new WTC towers to rise again, has been lauded as much for its safety features as for its environmental standards.

Silverstein Properties, developer of the WTC properties, acknowledged its commitment "to conserve New York’s most precious resources, including water and energy to create a healthy, enjoyable and productive environment for the people who work (there) and to safeguard the health of the people who live, work, visit and go to school in Lower Manhattan.”

Architect David M. Childs, FAIA, worked closely with glass artist/designer James Carpenter to create a shimmering façade for the high-rise.

Ultra-clear, low-iron glass and stainless steel provide reflectivity and light, subtly transforming the appearance of the building as the weather and sunlight changes.

The circulation areas in the new offices feature the slender, sophisticated Slotlight 4” fluorescent luminaire with MPO optics, gently bathing the areas in soft, glowing ribbons of light.

The innovative luminaires made by Zumtobel Lighting discreetly enhance the contemporary architectural design, creating a welcoming environment for members from across the globe.

As a result, 7 WTC uses modern glass technology to capture more natural light, improves indoor air quality through an outside-air ventilation system in combination with a high-efficiency filtration system and collects rainwater for reuse in the building’s cooling system and to irrigate the public park at the WTC site.

These conservation and sustainability measures will be used in the construction of all subsequent WTC buildings.

7WTC is now home to a number of important tenants, including the New York Academy of Sciences. The Academy is a society of more than 20,000 scientists, from 150 countries and across all disciplines, that actively seeks to form policies that use or promote science, technology and medicine.