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    Thumbs down Strike 3

    Another new base design for 1 WTC revealed today, via CURBED and NY POST:

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    This is the first rendering of how the base of 1 World Trade Center will look up close — a shimmering, richly textured facade on four sides of glass, stainless steel and aluminum.

    While bickering goes on over the iconic office tower’s crown, its street-level face is just as vital — not only to Condé Nast employees who will move in by 2015, but to the millions of visitors to the 16-acre WTC site.

    The “podium” design by Skidmore Owings & Merrill is the end product of a tortured history that included the dumping of an earlier scheme over costs and fears its custom-fabricated glass would too easily shatter.

    The new image released by the skyscraper’s owners, the Port Authority and the Durst Organization, shows for the first time how its fortified base — a cube 185-feet on each side — will look to people arriving for work.

    Preliminary renderings last year suggested a monolithic, corporate-looking wall despite a supposed “pleated” effect.

    But the image shown here promises a warmer welcome. It is articulated by vertical glass fins protruding from panels of stainless steel slates. The fins will be arrayed in patterns that will vary as they move up the facade.

    Perforated aluminum screens behind the steel slates will be illuminated, making the entire tower podium glow by night — a suitable companion to the lit-up base of 7 World Trade Center nearby.

    The re-do of the base is the latest chapter in the former Freedom Tower’s complicated saga, including architect David Childs’ original design being scuttled over security concerns and the tower having to be moved from its original site.

    Childs then redesigned the entire building. The finished project reflects his work on the soaring octagonal “shaft,” but no longer on its apex or base — a hybrid result it will be left for future generations to judge.

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    A larger rendering from the NY Post:



    They mean "slats."

    I didn't have much confidence that #2 was going to look good. #3 is an improvement, at least.

    Now if they just bring back the chamfered corners.

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    This looks nice. I think the chamfered corners looked better as well.

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    Far better, and it does look more welcoming. The other two looked mismatched to the rest of the glass. Like wearing plaid with stripes.

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    Another image, from The REAL DEAL (it looks like the chamfered corners are still being squared off) ...

    Durst, Port Authority release new 1 WTC base design

    May 25, 2012


    Renderings of the 1 WTC base (left image credit: Post)

    Durst Organization and the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey gave the public an up-close glimpse of 1 World Trade Center’s base by releasing new renderings to the New York Post. The 185-foot-wide cube podium, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill, will have vertical glass “fins” that suggest texture by varying patterns and extend from stainless steel panels. Aluminum screens behind the steel will illuminate the base.

    Like the altered plan for the spire, the new design is represents a slight change from David Childs’ original design, which had called for custom-fabricated glass that some feared would shatter too easily. The Post calls the new design “a shimmering, richly textured facade on four sides of glass, stainless steel and aluminum … [that] will be left for future generations to judge.” [Post]

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    I hate how the bottom 185 feet will be an unoccupied bunker. I know there are reasons for it, but that won't make it any less ugly or foreboding. An office tower should have floors right from the ground, not starting 200 feet in the air.

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    Buildings need lobbies, and that immediate mechanical floor above it. Not even the Twins started at street level, and not many buildings nowadays do without some sense of retail. Can't say too much about the Citicorp building, though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZippyTheChimp View Post
    A larger rendering from the NY Post:
    Original by Miller Hare (the 3D studio hired by Durst)





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    It will be a spire, lit with LEDs.
    Perforated aluminum screens behind the steel slats will be illuminated, making the entire tower podium glow by night
    They're going to dazzle us with light shows at both ends.

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    No lighting arrangement will ever come close to Claude R. Engle's work.

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    good riddance

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