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A rendering of the updated design of the One World Trade Center tower in New York, designed by David Childs of SOM. Image: PANYNJ/ Durst Organization
As construction continues on the One World Trade Center tower, in New York City, the building's design team has released new renderings showing recent design changes. These updates to the 90-story, 1,776-foot (541-meter) building reflect adjustments to the building's base, comprising around 20 floors, and its spire.
Overview of a street-level entrance of One World Trade Center. Image: PANYNJ/ Durst Organization
The tower's metal-and-glass-clad base includes vertical fins arrayed in V-shaped pairs. The 3-million-square-foot (280,000-million-square-meter) building is currently scheduled for completion in 2014. One World Trade Center is also targeting LEED Gold certification.
The stone-clad lobby of 1 WTC. Image: PANYNJ/ Durst Organization
The tower base seen from the National September 11 Memorial. Image: PANYNJ/ Durst Organization

An aerial overview rendering of the design for the updated building base. Image: PANYNJ/ Durst Organization
Rendering of the tower's spire which will not be encased in fiberglass as had originally been intended. Image: PANYNJ/ Durst Organization

1 comment:

Person of Interest said...

Each change to 1 World Trade Center has been a real improvement. Getting rid of the base's chamfer edges makes the tower look more solidly footed, and omitting the fiberglass antenna sheath gives the spire more interest, its graduated platforms and steel framework now a futuristic finial of highlight and shadow.

The only disappointment is that mortuary-looking lobby of white marble. This entry should provide high drama, with beautifully illuminated horizontal bands of polished colored stone, an updated take on the lobbies of the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building. My choice would be some combination of black, taupe, rose and ochre. Sterile white, the lobby is deadly dull.

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