Feb. 15, 2004
By WILLIAM NEUMAN
February 16, 2004 -- This is what you will see when you walk into the sleek, new 7 World Trade Center - the first building at Ground Zero to see construction begin since the 9/11 terror attacks.
The computerized rendering, prepared by architects for WTC developer Larry Silverstein, shows a high-tech lobby of polished limestone and marble and shiny stainless steel columns, with revolving doors on Greenwich Street.
One of the most unique features of the lobby will be a work by artist Jenny Holzer in an illuminated wall behind the security desk, according to a representative for the architect, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
Holzer is known for artwork that incorporates words and phrases, and the 7 WTC piece will be composed of quotations from poets and writers about New York.
Silverstein interviewed a number of artists to create something for the 7 WTC lobby, and he chose Holzer, who was recommended by the building's architect, David Childs.
Another innovative feature will be computerized turnstiles that direct visitors to specific elevator cars, to minimize waiting.
Construction on 7 WTC - across Vesey Street from the rest of the trade center complex - began in late 2002 and the building is slated to be completed by 2005.
The bottom 10 floors of the 52-story tower will be taken up mostly by a Con Edison electrical substation, a portion of which is due to go into operation this summer.
Work on the tenant floors began recently, with steel rising at the rate of about one floor a week, the Skidmore representative said.
Another new rendering shows the wedge-shaped park planned for the intersection of Greenwich and West Broadway.
It will contain a fountain and flowering trees, as well as a small 9/11 memorial and pavers made from the same red granite used to build the original 7 WTC, which caught fire and collapsed on 9/11.
Has this building attracted any tenants yet?
its looking quite slim in those construction pics, its nice seeing the steel rising now
Last week it was reported (I can't remember where) not a one.Originally Posted by Pottebaum
Ironically the taller, Freedom Tower has already attracted a number of tenants.
Is it just me, or the picture, but does the glass on this building look a lot darker, with more visible lines crossing?
All those renderings are kinda crappy. We'll see when it comes out.
At this rate 7WTC should top out at about the third week of October.Work on the tenant floors began recently, with steel rising at the rate of about one floor a week, the Skidmore representative said.
The question about the too-thin columns has finally been answered.
They're being encased in concrete.
Are you sure it's nt just fireproofing?
Good point. I doubt the concrete is structural, although no doubt it will strengthen the columns.
From West St....2/29/04