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    new rendering from the discovery program starting next thursday, it is on their main page if you want to see it. had to edit the towers together they were separated on the main page

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    I don't like the spiral spire - it's frilly.

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    Something clean and solid is good enough. The rest of the building pretty much is.

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    Nice shots guys.



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    I agree with those who dislike the mast design. Ideally, the new antenna tower/mast should faithfully replicate the original one, and whether that reaches to 1776' is of no matter.

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    A few more from 08.17.2011













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    Quote Originally Posted by NoyokA View Post
    I don't like the spiral spire - it's frilly.
    I'm not certain that's what's going to be built. It wasn't on any of the documents Zen provided. There was one illustration that was published that was oddly hand shaded, and that could be interpreted as a spiral, but close inspection of the spire's triangular geometry would show that not to be the case.

    Personally, I hope that's the case, because the swirly top is just about the worst way to conclude this building. Godawful. Craptacular. I lack the vocabulary to describe how stupid that design looks. This is not a whimsical building. It's hard, sleek, and modern. Geometric. You don't top it with a vanilla swirl.

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    Unless something has changed, I guess we can assume that the spire will be a communications antenna.

    Unlike the ESB, the transmitters will be enclosed in a radome. That means the material must be transparent to radio waves, but strong enough to resist wind loads. The wtc.com page states that the shell structure will be a series of octagonal antiprisms. [use keyboard arrow keys to rotate image]

    A SOM fact sheet adds:
    Large helical channels, called strakes, are built into the geometry of the radome and wrap around the spire to direct wind up and away from the structure.
    Helical strake

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    Quote Originally Posted by STR View Post
    Personally, I hope that's the case, because the swirly top is just about the worst way to conclude this building. Godawful. Craptacular. I lack the vocabulary to describe how stupid that design looks. This is not a whimsical building. It's hard, sleek, and modern. Geometric. You don't top it with a vanilla swirl.
    Exactly how I felt except you verbalized it better than I would have.

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    At times, when I look at the spire, depending on the angle that it's viewed from, it tends to kind of look almost like THIS;
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    The spire doesn't offend me, and if it lights up as I think it had been planned, it will compliment the spires in Mid-Town very nicely.

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    It'll look good from my window.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    Unless something has changed, I guess we can assume that the spire will be a communications antenna.

    Unlike the ESB, the transmitters will be enclosed in a radome. That means the material must be transparent to radio waves, but strong enough to resist wind loads. The wtc.com page states that the shell structure will be a series of octagonal antiprisms. [use keyboard arrow keys to rotate image]

    A SOM fact sheet adds:

    Helical strake
    That makes more sense. It will keep the basic geometry we've been seeing for years, but there will be the strakes, which will likely jut out at the edges of the constituent triangles.



    Which means the shading in this diagram is the shadows from said strakes.

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