4 World Trade Center was designed by architect Fumihiko Maki and part of Daniel Libeskind’s World Trade Center Master Plan.
"The design of 4 World Trade center has two fundamental elements: a 'minimalist' tower that achieves an appropriate presence, quiet but with dignity, and a 'podium' that becomes a catalyst for activating the surrounding urban streetscape as part of the revitalization of lower Manhattan." - Architect Fumihiko Maki
The building's façade is clad in floor-to-ceiling windows utilizing composite glass with multiple layers of coatings intended to achieve a matte metallic finish with a luminous sheen, endowing the tower with an abstract quality—minimal, light, cool in color, and ephemeral, changing with the light of day. Two glass obtuse edges of the tower on the SW & NE corners have been articulated with indentations—making them appear slender and sharp. Column-free corners and 80-foot perimeter column spans enhance interior design options, increase the amount of natural light, and offer uninterrupted views from every window.