the year of signing the declaration of independence, 1,368 feet the height of the original twin towers.
tallest tower in the western hemisphere and worlds most expensive, with a price
tag of 3.9 billion dollars. Those are figures of the new building that’s trying
to establish a “civic icon for the country”, and symbol or power and remembrance
for the city that once was covered in ashes.
Originally designed by Polish-American
architect Daniel Libeskind, as a masterplan and tower competition in 2002, with
an off centered spire, inspired by the statue of liberty and its symbolical significance
to New York City and its past. Later on discarded from the project where only
the original master plan for the site was implemented and realized, to the
legacy of the architect.
the long tradition of American ingenuity in high rise buildings was taken by
Skidmore, Owning & Merrill LLP, childs firm (SOM) to take original designs
from D. Libeskind, and taken over the design process of the new tower. The
design was completely change over to a much more simple “Meh” of the original proposal,
said to be more in keep with the central spired buildings in the city such as
Empire State Building or Chrysler Building, which atthe time worked with the respond
and volume of the political opportunism that New York Governor, using his
political voice to get the winning architects design. Outmoded thinking of an
individual as a favor that enabled others for innovation and created a simply
boring architecture that isn’t any different from what had been already done.
Trade Centre isn’t a symbol to what the America believes in, it is a ground on which
it stands that defines the economic purposes for the building. It’s more of a
response to the neighborhood, financial district and cities changing ambitions
that define the use that created simplicity. Soon after the finishing of the
tower as expected tenants filled the office spaces and tourists started to
flock the site in remembrance, making it a business but skyscraper doesn’t just
occupy its own plot of land it becomes part of a skyline that New York is innovator
of, but with an outsized acclaim to be a new civic icon on a site of endowed memory and hope, a tower to
meet that acclamation maybe should be
more than tall and shiny?
glass office tower has a crystalline form that rises from a square, 20-story, concrete
bunker, designed to withstand from truck bombs and other ground level attacks, partially
disguised by butterfly like louvered glass panels that give pragmatism and
approachability to the street level and how it connects to its surroundings of
new glass neighborhood.
the tower rises to what feels like a oblong box rising 104 stories with its
corners sliced away, transforming it to a octagonal in floorplan crowning at a square. Creating a sharp
steep interlocking triangles as façade, that make this a multi-faced structure from
north, south, east and west looking generic. The structure topes by glass
parapet for two story observatory deck ending on a skinny 124 meter antenna ,
give the tower its symbolic to America height number. But what is the height of the antenna contributing
to the usability, design or impact for the building. Unless it’s a very tall
expensive ego boost with a reason to name it the tallest.
Replacing the original twin towers with
another office building was meant to show the world the New York’s formidable
spirit: revolutionized and transformed from the ashes to the future and what’s
coming. One World Trade Centre doesn’t give that, unfortunately it implies that
the city is still a dominance in its power in the world as well as fresh
avant-garde ideas and World Trade Centre was meant to show that. Its widely
respected architect, David Childs, from the famous architects firm SOM, have
also design 7 World Trade Centre, an elegant tower glazed with low iron glass promoting
openness and translucency the
surroundings with attention to what’s happening at the street level where Lower
Manhattan has been becoming back to life. To even before twin
towers. Where large plaza swept with wind, lifeless after office hours, changed
over trends in upcoming years where area developed to work and live, more truer
neighborhood at a human scale of the younger generations.
The original masterplan envisioned multi
purposed neighborhood with cultural institutions, housing, as well as street
life, which developers lost on the way. Where plans turned into rentable office
space for business and culture got forgotten, place destined to die at night –
last thing a young generation of New Yorkers wanted.