Fabb and NYatKnight, I'd have to agree with what ya said regarding the 1 Liberty Plaza reference. The new 7 WTC looks just like it, with the lighter facade. Hopefully, it will NOT turn out anything like it because 1 LP and 55 Water were the two boxes that I feel most destroy the romance and balance of the skyline downtown.
I ask everyone to think of your favorite skyscraper in the city that ya like to see lit up at ngiht. Chances are, it has a nice crown - Chrysler, Empire, 1 WWP, AIG/Cities service, Citicorp, etc. . Lower Manhattan had 40 Wall, AIG, 1 Wall, 20 exchange, 120 Wall, and a bunch of others clustered together for years and most people loved it. Heck, even Singer Tower was nice but I don't wanna get into what's there now.
Moving back, CIBC is a big letdown, or so I thought until I saw these plans yesterday. I'm sure David Childs went to a first rate architectural school, interned and apprenticed at the best firms possible, and has a lot under his belt. Was this the best he could do???