Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Freedom Tower

The final design of Freedom Tower was released today, and the most notable tweak to previous versions is the use of glass prisms rather than metal panels to minimize the fortress-like feel of the 187-foot-high blast resistant base.

To give you a really good idea of how it will look, the Times helpfully includes lots of stuff like 'tapered and chamfered corners,' plenums, spandrels, and 'interlocking isosceles triangles.'

The New York Times provides a slideshow prepared by the architects here. You can also get more photos from the website of architects Skidmore, Owings and Merrill here (enter the site, then click on 'Freedom Tower' at top left).

I think the tower looks fine, but then again I would have been very happy if we had simply rebuilt the Twin Towers in place, as they were.

But what do I know.

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