John Lewis - The Bear and Hare - 2013 Seasonal CGI Amazing coloured pencil drawings Tokyo City Symphony Luis Nieves - Baywood Red Light

1 May 2012

1 World Trade Center V The Empire State

Following on from previous blogs about my trip to New York and the World Trade Center site, it was good to hear that One World Trade Center has become New York's tallest building.
The installation of a column on the 100th floor of the once named Freedom Tower, makes the structure 1,271ft (387m) high, overtaking the Empire State.

This date comes a day before the one-year anniversary of the operation that killed Osama Bin Laden.
Another reminder of the building's significance to all New Yorkers, along with the other symbolic architectural references of the building’s final height and the square water features below. A memorial to all the people that died, in the same location as the original 2 buildings.

The finished building will be 1,776ft high making it temporarily the second tallest building in the world, after the Burj Khalifa in Dubai at 2,723ft (830m)
As mentioned before the building doesn't win any awards for me on an architectural footing, as the design has been compromised for security and simplicity.

Some of the other buildings proposed for the site have tried harder to progress the skyscraper as a building type with ideas and forms that will be new to the city.
One World Trade Center is basically a chamfered block, however it does win on height and symbolic references, which it has the original concept work by Daniel Libeskind to thank.

You may also be interested in my blog on The Shard vs Le Tour Hermitage. A comparison of two of Europe's newest Architectural heavyweights.

Images courtesy of Google images

Architecture and Design
The World Trade Center

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanks for submitting a comment. Don't forget to visit www.sovibrant.co.uk to learn more about our work.