June 30, 2005
Freedom Tower is a Failure
From what I've read about the redesign of the Freedom Tower in New York City it sounds like a 1776-foot tall bunker.
There are some notable changes in the design by architect David Childs, who planned the original structure: The lobby sits inside the base, a 200-foot-tall pedestal, sheathed in concrete, steel, titanium and other blast-resistant metals. And the building's perimeter has been shrunk to 200 feet, mirroring the size of each of the original twin towers.
My how...secure. Nice message to send to America's enemies: You knock down our buildings and we'll replace them with something tall we can hide in.
Visually the surface reminds me of the narrow, almost pinstripe lines of the Twin Towers. I never liked those. The protrusion at the top looks like something from a Soviet Social Realism painting. It's tall, stands out, and is iconic but not in a good way. This is San Francisco's Transamerica Building but without the grace. Modern architecture fails again.
"Tower Design Tweaked for Security"