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Thread: WTC Tower One - by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

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    My source tells me the final height (to top of antenna) will be 1801 MSL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IrishInNYC View Post
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    Tower 1 reflected in Tower 4.
    I like the funky framing on your pics ^

    The "faded Kodak photo stuffed in the back of the drawer" treatment is kind of cool, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob View Post
    My source tells me the final height (to top of antenna) will be 1801 MSL.
    skyvector aviation charts online has 1806 MSL and 1792 AGL

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    A big job for these guys yesterday afternoon ...

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    And back at it this morning ...

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    Last edited by NYBOY75; March 30th, 2012 at 08:14 PM.

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    They're going to need an army of window washers to clean this building in order to keep up with the cladding.

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    Unfortunately, this is precisely the skyline view that appears on most NYC postcards, and the view that many visitors see first as they come in from the airports in Queens.
    Is it really? Does it matter?

    They're not side-by-side, so it's just a photo perspective illusion.


    Is One World Trade Center Going To Be Too Short?

    By Jake Dobkin


    1WTC still appears shorter than 8 Spruce Street. (Jake Dobkin/Gothamist)

    Yesterday came word that 1 World Trade Center, formerly known as the Freedom Tower, has officially grown taller than the Empire State Building. That's counting the external framework, which has reached the 100th Floor— the floors themselves look to be at least four stories behind. But as 1 WTC approaches its final height of 104 stories, it is time to ask a difficult but important question: Is this skyscraper a little too short?

    As you can see from the picture above, taken from just east of the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO, 1 WTC is still being visually eclipsed by its much shorter neighbor, 8 Spruce Street. That undulating tower, designed by Frank Gehry, is only 876 feet tall, which is 492 feet shorter than 1WTC's final roof height of 1368ft. It appears taller because it's a few blocks east of the World Trade Center site and that much closer to Brooklyn. Unfortunately, this is precisely the skyline view that appears on most NYC postcards, and the view that many visitors see first as they come in from the airports in Queens.

    Eventually 1 WTC will be crowned with a large spire, which will top out at the patriotic height of 1776ft. This spire will be, by far, the tallest visible structure in the area. However, it seems very possible that there will be areas (especially low lying neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens), where Gehry's tower will still appear to have the higher top floor. Does this bother anyone besides us?

    Related: Last week, 1 WTC passed the 93rd floor. Today it's at the 100th floor. How did it grow so fast? The Wall Street Journal explains:

    Floors 94 through 99 simply don’t exist in the tower, allowing for the seamless jump from 93 to 100. (The tower at Ground Zero in Lower Manhattan will ultimately reach 104 stories.)...

    At One WTC, part of this funny math has to do with the height of the upper floors of the tower. While a typical office floor in the building has a height of about 13 feet, 3 inches, the final office floors, ending at 90, have higher ceilings. In addition, 91 through 93 are floors for mechanical equipment, with significantly higher ceilings than normal.

    http://gothamist.com/2012/03/30/is_t...to.php#photo-1

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    The right question to ask would have been is Gehry's tower too tall?

    Either way, it's a stupid argument.

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    From that great angle 1WTC makes the GS HQ look good, by minimizing the blunt top.

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    The view in that first pic is sensational. Hudson River Park is a gem .

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    If the original Twins were still there Beekman would still seem to eclipse them at that angle, so I think it is a glass half full issue and I am glad Beekman appears that tall.

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    MY WTC 1 photos from Yesterday


    DSCN3278 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3239 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3214 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3208 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3204 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3127 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3126 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3102 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN3097 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr


    DSCN2901 by Nexis4Jersey09, on Flickr

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