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2 World Trade Center getting revamped Norman Foster design

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Get ready for Two World Trade Center, Version 3.0.

Larry Silverstein and architect Norman Foster are working on major changes to Foster’s original vision for the still-unbuilt skyscraper, the developer tells The Post.

Foster’s old design was scrapped in 2015 for an edgier one by Bjarke Ingels’ firm BIG when it appeared that two media companies (including the one that owns The Post) would become the anchor tenants in the planned skyscraper.

2006: Silverstein taps Norman Foster to design a diamond-topped tower with trading floors for big banks.In 2006, WTC developer Larry Silverstein first tapped architect Norman Foster for Two World Trade Center, who designed a diamond-topped tower with trading floors for big banks.EPA/Foster and Partners

But now that BIG’s quirky tower of stacked boxes has no takers, the old Foster design is being “significantly modified to be more reflective of contemporary needs and taste,” Silverstein says. (No rendering is available yet as it’s still a work in progress.)

Although Silverstein built the successful Three and Four World Center towers, and started construction of One World Trade before he turned it over to the Port Authority, getting Tower Two out of the ground has been a challenge.

Two’s site on the northeast corner of the complex remains the missing link in its planned quartet of giant office towers. The ground facing Church Street currently has a low-rise art installation of contemporary murals painted on corrugated metal sheds.

Foster’s first design for the nearly 3-million-square-foot tower was unveiled way back in 2006. In 2015, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation and 21st Century Fox signed a non-binding agreement to be the project’s anchor tenants, but decided in early 2016 not to move there.

Silverstein hit the pause button after that to concentrate on leasing up the other towers. But now he’s itching to hit the launch button for Tower Two — although not without first filling the rest of Three World Trade Center.

“The important thing now is to lease up Tower Three,” he says. “I don’t think it’s going to be long to start focusing on Tower Two.”

Did that mean he wants Tower Three to be fully leased first? “Yes, it’s fair to say that,” he says.

2003: Silverstein and then-Gov. George Pataki unveil an early WTC site plan.In 2003, Larry Silverstein (second from right), then-Gov. George Pataki (second from left) and architect Daniel Libeskind (far right) unveil an early World Trade Center site plan.Getty Images

Silverstein is also vying to build a rental apartment tower at the World Trade Center’s Site 5, south of Liberty Street, in partnership with Brookfield. But “what’s closest to my heart is Tower Two,” he adds.

“With the level of lease-up activity at Tower Three, my hunch is it won’t be terribly long before an announcement comes up with respect to Tower Two,” he says. “Sometime in 2020, [a fully leased] Tower Three should be a fait accompli.”

Silverstein hinted early last year that he might start Tower Two without first signing a tenant. He wouldn’t say whether that was still the case when we spoke to him last week.

Larry Silverstein has spearheaded the rebuilding of theWorld Trade Center complex, one tower at a time.Larry Silverstein has spearheaded the rebuilding of the World Trade Center complex, one tower at a time.Patrick McMullan via Getty Image

But if he wants a tenant first, a new Foster design might be just the thing to land one. Foster’s old vision might be too stodgy for today’s market. BIG’s, meanwhile, may be too esoteric.

Foster’s first iteration was made for a pre-crash world — a handsome but conventional supertall tower with massive trading floors intended for banks in the base, crowned with four ornamental diamonds at the top.

Ingels’ plan, first shown in 2015, consisted of six stepped boxes, each with a landscaped roof terrace, that decreased in size as they rose to a 1,340-foot-high apex.

Each of the “boxes” was meant for a particular kind of use by News Corp. or Fox. Ingels described it as being “like a vertical village of singular buildings . . . stacked on top of each other, forming parks and plazas in the sky.”

After Two World Trade went on hold, Silverstein swiftly leased up Four World Trade, which opened in late 2013. Three World Trade, which opened in 2018, is 75% leased — and on track to be 80% full as a few deals are completed in the next few months.

The go-slow at Two World Trade has perplexed industry observers. Huge new office towers in Midtown and Hudson Yards have gone up in the past five years.

Most started work with pre-signed tenant commitments. But companies have shown no resistance to moving to the World Trade Center. Silverstein’s towers have drawn Spotify, GroupM/WPP, Media Math, Uber, IEX, Moody’s, Wilmer Hale, Hudson River Trading, McKinsey, Cozen O’Connor and most recently Kelley Drye & Warren. Conde Nast anchors the Port Authority and Durst Organization’s One World Trade.

Although Silverstein, 88, sounded like he meant business about finally getting Two World Trade Center up soon, he wouldn’t say when ground might be broken.

“Stay tuned and read The New York Post,” he laughs.